Modular homes that are energy efficient and can be constructed in a matter of days are growing in popularity during the present housing crisis.
That's according to the newly elected president of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers Gerry Coffey from Roscommon.
The Ballinlough man was elected to the position at the 51st annual conference of the institute in Athlone on Saturday.
Speaking on the Let's Talk show today he says while auctioneers would simply like to see more houses being built, one area experiencing significant growth right now appears to be the modular home solution.
While we'd love to see more houses coming to the market, I think the growth maybe, in certain areas,may be in the growth of these modular homes, and there's lots of companies in the west of Ireland are building these units, bringing them on a truck and arriving on site and connecting them to the sewerage and the ESB, and maybe that's the way some of the housing crisis will be resolved.
I've seen a couple of them being constructed on sites, there's one company in Mayo who are very big in this.
I think the problem is because the cost of building materials has gone up so much it can be hard on young couples to come out and buy houses now.