Many suggestions have been made for reducing the cost of houses. Most methods, however, have not been sufficiently tried out to determine their importance as factors for reducing costs. The best known of these methods are the following: Mass production; standardization of building materials; more factory-made parts; use of new building materials and better use of old ones; elimination of waste in construction processes and materials; less expensive improvements; cheaper financing; reducing the cost of advertising in selling building materials and equipment; better processes in construction; year-round building - overcoming irregularity of employment; reducing the speculative element in cost of land; uniformity in building codes and elimination of certain features in the individual house, such as cellars, basement partitions, fireplaces, etc. Although the opinions of housing specialists differ as to the amount of cost reduction by these suggestions and methods, processes and changes that will net even a slight reduction are worthy of consideration.

The United States Department of Commerce through its elimination of waste program has reduced the number of varieties of building materials, which has been a factor in cost reduction. By the use of the requirements drawn up by the Building Code Committee waste also may be eliminated. Some of the wastes occurring in the building industry are due to management and to labor. The reduction of housing costs may also be brought about through the enlargement of credit facilities and through the elimination of the speculative element in cost of land.


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Discussion of National Housing Conference papers (1923)

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Indexes of construction costs - frame and brick houses.

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Second-mortgage rates, uniformity of building codes, speculative element in costs of land, and other causes for high costs (pp. 122-28).

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