UPscaling Grid-friendly, Resilient, AfforDable, and Efficient modular housing

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Berkeley, CA

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will be partnering with the advanced modular home builder Mighty Buildings (MB), Habitat for Humanity-East Bay and Silicon Valley (HH), community-based organization East Contra Costa Community Alliance (ECCCA), Marin Clean Energy (MCE), and University of California, Berkeley (UCB), to design and build more grid-friendly, affordable, and resilient advanced modular homes in disadvantaged areas of Bay Point in Contra Costa County (Climate Zone 12). The homes will build upon Mighty Buildings’ three-dimensional (3D) modular panels which enable much faster onsite construction than conventional stick-built homes. The demonstration project will consist of three townhome units on a single site and include solar and energy storage for greater resilience; advanced high efficiency electric heat pump equipment; capability to shift to low power mode during grid emergencies or power outages for resilience, and a lower cost of ownership over ten years than typical modular homes today and MB’s baseline home without energy storage. We will develop a first-of-its-kind manufacturing and total cost of ownership model for modular homes; integrate innovative features into MB’s Oakland factory site; construct and demonstrate the units in the Bay Point DAC; test and validate the operating cost savings and improvements in building performance and heat resilience; conduct community outreach and training with local contractors on modular homes and construction techniques; and survey underserved residents across the state for the first time on their preferences and willingness to purchase modular homes.

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Max Wei

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