A house built the ordinary way is built outdoors on an open lot, thus getting none of the benefits of a controlled factory environment or the quality control there. (Caution: Do not assume that all factories have quality control acceptable to CMHUSA.)
In building the structure of a house the ordinary way (outdoors), quality control may largely be a function of the framing crew. Whether the developer uses the same crew over and over or hires whoever he can get, his goal may be to do only enough to pass code, thus doing the minimum, or he might hope that the framers do more. Or his primary focus may be on how much the framing crew charges. Now consider this: CMHUSA may be willing to re-engineer the house plans to far exceed building code, use 15 to 20 or even 25 to 30 percent more wood, and use the same framers year after year. Click on "Our Trained Craftsmen." These are framers at specialized workstations who understand exactly what is expected. They also know that there will be several layers of inspections, as noted in the list below.
A key to quality control is consistency--a factory environment is ideal for this. Without going into detail, here are general highlights that CMHUSA expects:
1. In-house inspectors never leave. Mistakes and safety issues can be spotted before they are hidden away; workers can be retrained on the spot. On the other hand, if the house were being built from scratch, outside on a scattered lot somewhere, mistakes may be less likely to be caught. After all, the building inspector is not even called until the work to be inspected is already finished. The chance to catch mistakes as they happen is long gone. The odds of finding certain mistakes is less likely.
2. Outside inspectors sanctioned by the government also come in and inspect. These inspectors have easy and safe access to reach even the most difficult places that should be inspected, often difficult to do if inspecting a house being built the ordinary way. More thorough and consistent inspections are important for quality control.
3. Trained factory workers repeat the same highly defined tasks over and over, task-specific almost to the extreme. In effect, they self-inspect, adding redundancy to the inspection process. Logically, less mistakes result when highly task-specific workers are not skipping around from task to task as they might if building a house the ordinary way. A factory's task-specific workers are a known quantity, important in quality control.
4. Moreover, CMHUSA brings its proprietary insight to the entire process.
5. Violent testing is yet another test. Ironically, even a lightweight and poorly-built module will survive the violent testing, yet a house built the ordinary way would be all but certain to collapse, leaving a trail of debris along the highway. The added weight of massive, heavy-duty modules is more weight that must be supported during the brutal hours of being transported from factory to house site. Nonetheless, every CMHUSA home will survive with flying colors.
6. Finally, there will be additional inspections at the actual house site where the remaining 20-or-so percent of the house is built.
CMHUSA can properly re-engineer almost any house plan. Thus the question: Will your beautiful new home be built the ordinary way or will it have the advantage of CMHUSA modules?