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FABMAC Homes offer amazing affordable housing solutions on Maui.

March 11, 2014
Cindy Schumacher - Contributing Writer , Maui Weekly


Building your dream home in Hawai'i has never been easier. Through thoughtful design and craftsmanship, FABMAC Homes in Kahului provides clients with a timeless simplicity created for workability and local lifestyles. In fact, consumers will be surprised to see how inexpensive these homes are compared to site-built homes of equal quality.

Since 2009, the owners of FABMAC Homes Inc. have been installing factory-built Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code homes in Hawai'i. These homes are built to strict national building standards that regulate design, construction, strength, durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality control.

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As a member of the United States Green Building Council and a founding member of Na Hale O Maui, a Community Land Trust, FABMAC Homes Inc. CEO Francesca Carey is dedicated to providing the homeowner with an exceptional home at an affordable price.

"We understand the need for affordable housing at every level and are now creating house-lot packages for our buyers," said Francesca Carey, CEO of FABMAC Homes Inc.

"We are experienced at handling the complete new home process from site preparation and custom designs to final decisions on appliances and countertops," said Carey. "And most are move in ready within 90 days of contract signing. FABMAC handles everything for you from permit application to final walk-through inspection."

When Carey and her husband first moved to Maui, she wanted to learn all she could about their new island home. She attended the University of Hawai'i Maui College (then, Maui Community College), studied Hawaiian culture and dance and met many new friends.

"Sadly," she said, "I learned that the crisis in affordable housing was creating hardship and separating families who couldn't afford to live here and were leaving the island."

Realizing that something had to be done about the affordable housing problem, Carey wanted to help. As a result, she became one of the founding members of Na Hale O Maui, a Community Land Trust.

"Once I understood about the land trust model of creating housing that remains affordable in perpetuity, I could see that we needed a new solution for building the affordable houses themselves," she said.

Carey, working with factory-built HUD Code homes since 1994, began doing research to see if there was a way to bring these homes to Hawai'i.

The HUD Code is part of the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act. The code is performance-based, which means that factories can take advantage of current technologies, improved construction methods and superior raw materials.

HUD Code enforcement is more uniform and consistent, because inspections take place in the factory under controlled conditions. Prefabricated components are built extra rigid to hold up during shipping and assembly, which also makes the houses better able to withstand earthquakes and severe storms.

"In fact," said Carey, "homes built for the Hawai'i market are constructed to withstand hurricane winds of 150 mph and have earthquake- and hurricane-rated foundations.

"We have been building these types of homes for many years and are dedicated to bringing all the newest technology to Hawai'i," she said, adding that these homes can be custom designed for your family's lifestyle.

"Our goal," Carey noted, "is to offer affordable housing solutions to local families and to help supply houses for developers who are building subdivisions. I am presently looking for properties and developers who are willing to build affordable housing using 'my' houses."

All FABMAC homes have earned the federal certification of Energy Star qualified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This label meets EPA's guidelines for building materials, skilled workmanship and cutting edge technology to create homes that will last for generations.

Compared with standard homes, an Energy Star Qualified house uses substantially less energy for heating, cooling and hot water heating. The homes have been verified to be at least 30 percent more energy efficient than most residences.

"In my opinion, if we are going to spend county money on this type of housing, the houses need to be LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design] certified. This is a program that provides third-party verification for green building, which FABMAC offers, so that they are energy efficient and easy to maintain," said Carey. Not surprisingly, Carey is a member of the United States Green Building Council.

Currently, FABMAC factories are building homes that exceed the minimum HUD installation standards and have advanced, energy efficient ventilation systems to maintain healthy indoor air quality. In addition, Energy Star-qualified homes not only contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, they reduce air pollution and lower maintenance costs.

A typical FABMAC three-bedroom, two-bath home is priced at $195,000 completed on your lot. This includes shipping, assembly, foundation and all GE Energy Star appliances.

"We have our own setup crews to assemble the homes and install the HUD-approved site-specific foundation system," said Carey, also noting FABMAC's dual-pane windows, open floor plans and termite treated lumber.

"Quality factory-built homes are one more tool in the fight for affordable housing," Carey said. "We are confident that FABMAC homes have the quality and the sustainability that families in Maui County have been looking for."

Visit the FABMAC Website at to view the selection of homes, floor plans and pricing. To get additional information, call (808) 244-0888 or email



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