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HUD No. 19-071
HUD Public Affairs
(202) 708-0685
For Release
May 17, 2019


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) today announced Piedmont GREEN, a home builder that offers container house services to Greenville, SC and the surrounding areas, will exhibit a new housing prototype at the inaugural "Innovative Housing Showcase," June 1-5, 2019, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The prototype will feature a building system that constructs shipping container houses which meet all building requirements, and offer a faster construction rate. These factory-made homes often can be prefabricated before being installed on-site, resulting in less mess, hassle, and construction.

"We're excited to feature innovators in housing and building technologies that are addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the housing industry, namely affordability and durability, through the use of new and innovative construction methods," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

"The housing affordability crisis is affecting both builders and consumers nationwide. We are honored to be co-hosting this event with HUD as we work together to find solutions to this growing problem," said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

"Piedmont GREEN is the most affordable, innovative housing company in Upstate South Carolina," said Gene Hamel, Founder of Piedmont GREEN. "Our business model implements rapid housing deployment of low-cost core steel structures, cutting edge thermal insulation systems, energy star appliances, and green best practices for our veterans, hard-working families, and those in natural disaster crises."

The Innovative Housing Showcase is a five-day event on the National Mall that will highlight an array of new technologies and building solutions. These innovations could make housing more affordable for American families and more resilient during natural disasters. For more information, please visit

[Innovative Housing Showcase logo] WHAT: HUD's Inaugural "Innovative Housing Showcase"
WHEN: June 1-5, 2019
WHERE: National Mall, Washington, D.C.
DETAILS: Please visit


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