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Innovation Lab

Providing a unique space that fosters collaboration and promotes ideas for efficient, forward-thinking housing manufacturing.

The Housing Innovation Lab is improving modular construction methods to build more affordable multifamily homes, create good local jobs, and invest in the future.

Factory OS is already cutting costs by 20%, and construction time by 40%. Our goal is to go even further, reducing costs by 30% and cutting construction time in half.

Leadership and Collaboration

The Factory OS team is committed to robust, integrated innovation to increase productivity in every aspect of our work – including factory processes, greener and more efficient material use, design and code changes, employee training, and coordination with on-site construction – with the goal of building more housing. Factory OS believes that achieving its goal of transforming the industry will require significant research breakthroughs far beyond those immediately applicable to our own business model.

To help spur the desired innovation, Factory OS is contributing towards the launch of an independent Innovation Lab within UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. The Innovation Lab will be housed in the penthouse at Factory OS for $1 rent per year.

At this location, the Terner Center will have the space to identify and advance ideas that can modernize the work of industrialized building techniques and the broader operations of this nascent US industry. The Lab will convene architects, engineers, public officials, academics, corporations, developers, and students. Together, they will push the envelope in how off-site construction can be taken to new levels that enable housing to be built more efficiently while providing greater design, environmental, and community benefits. Most importantly, staff will use this knowledge to drive innovation so that quality 'smart' homes’ can be delivered at price points that middle-class families can actually afford.

Carol Galante, the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation will lead this work alongside other industry, civic, and philanthropic partners. In addition to the start-up capital, Factory OS will continue to dedicate a portion of its profits to this work.

All of the research findings and solutions will be publicly accessible to serve the ultimate goal of increasing access to quality housing for all.

Center Initiatives

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES

Facilitate workshops, walkthroughs, and education sessions where industry leaders both learn and contribute.

FUTURE-READY DESIGN

Leverage adaptable designs for future technologies from adjustable room sizes to voice-command windows, to supporting autonomous vehicles.

LOWER BUILDING COSTS

Reduce modular construction costs through efficiency improvements, without compromising on quality.

STANDARDIZED DESIGN

Work with architects and designers to develop high quality standard modular construction designs that can be customized by individual buyers.

LEAN MANUFACTURING

Collaborate with Factory OS employees to support health and wellbeing at work on the manufacturing line.

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

Add built-in support for existing smart home technology like Amazon’s Alexa and Facebook’s Jarvis, as well as more conventional apps that control thermostats, lights, locks or home robotics.

GREENER CONSTRUCTION

Inspire more environmentally friendly modular construction by using sustainable building products and reducing waste.