Science Channel program will show how it’s made.

The popular Science Channel documentary, “How It’s Made,” will explore the merits of factory-built housing at 9 p.m. EST Dec. 13 when its viewers watch how Cavco Industries Inc. manufactures one of its factory-built homes, according to a news release.

“We see this as a great opportunity to showcase not only the quality, but the environmentally friendly nature of factory built housing,” said Tim Gage, vice president of Cavco’s park models, cabins and speciality products.

Factory-built homes can be built faster and with greater consistency in quality than site-built homes because they are designed, built and inspected in a factory setting with rigorous oversight throughout the construction process.

Factory-built homes are also more environmentally efficient than site-built homes, since the amount of wood trimmings and other building waste can be better controlled and even recycled in a factory setting.

The model featured on “How It’s Made” is available with solar panels on its roof, which are capable of producing 2 kilowatts of power. The unit also has a prototype backup propane generator, LED lighting, recycled lumber composite decking, on-demand water heating, energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning.

This isn’t the first time Cavco’s products have been featured on national television. Two years ago, HGTV’s “Extreme Makeover” program followed the assembly one of a modular home in Virginia Beach, Va. by Cavco’s Nationwide Homes subsidiary in Martinsville, Va.

Cavco Industries is one of the nation’s leading providers of manufactured, modular and park model homes, with manufacturing and distribution facilities across the United States. Cavco’s other subsidiaries include Fleetwood Homes and Palm Harbor Homes. For more information, visit www.cavco.com, www.parkmodels.com and www.nationwide-homes.com.