Kenneth Balin, president and CEO of AMC Delancey, that part of what makes this project unique is the factthat the homes are constructed offsite in a modular fashion, whichallows for more precision tooling and less waste as well as a homethat was not exposed to the elements during construction. Modularconstruction will be done by Haven Custom Homes, an AMC sistercompany based in Linthicum, MD.

"The way the homebuilding business is evolving, a lot of theprocesses can be done much more efficiently and much better undercover offsite and then the pieces can be delivered to the site,"says Balin. "That minimizes fuel consumption, since instead ofhundreds of trucks delivering materials, you have a few flatbedsdelivering the house. Construction is faster, and there's minimumdisruption in the neighborhood."

Modular building can also save on construction costs, allowingthe company to deliver homes that are reasonably priced. Part ofthe savings comes from increased precision and minimized waste:according to Balin, all the pieces for the houses are precision cutat the factory, and any leftover pieces are integrated into otherprojects.

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