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Las Vegas company, Boxabl, part of Innovative Housing Showcase

A Las Vegas company will show off its box room prototype in the nation’s capital starting this weekend.

Boxabl, a company that builds rooms that can fold into a box, will be one of 18 exhibitors at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Innovative Housing Showcase on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The showcase runs June 1-5.

Galiano Tiramani, Boxabl’s head of business development, said the “disruptive potential” of the product is to elevate quality of life by substantially lowering housing costs.

Homebuyers could save about 30 percent on houses constructed with Boxabl products, senior engineer Kyle Denman has said.

Boxabl has said it wants to set up a factory in North Las Vegas and begin production next year.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson said last week that the country is facing a significant problem with affordable housing.

“There’s really not a good reason that a country like this should have so many homeless people or so many people who are severely cost-burdened, which means they spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing,” he said.

Manufactured homes, he said, have the benefit of driving down construction costs. And in the wake of a natural disaster, manufactured homes could restore damaged property in weeks or months, not years, Carson said.

Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter.

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