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Modular Homes go Green...

Modular Homes go Green...

 

Modular homes, while not new, have been going through a transition in recent years. Struggling to achieve acceptance...modular home builders are now cashing in on the sustainable building revolution.

Site-built homes have long been the most accepted form of residential building. But traditional building practices are inefficient, wasteful and slow. Modular homes on the other hand are built indoors...on an assembly line, in a controlled environment. Construction is never slowed because of weather. Modular homes are engineered for minimal waste in the construction process. Lumber is cut with precise cuts using tools only available indoors.

Today- the efficiency and precision of modular homes are combining with green technologies to create energy efficient and water conserving homes. Several manufacturers are incorporating renewable energy technology into their designs and as a result...are carving out a niche and finding their place in the new home market.

GreenPod Intelligent Environments of Port Townsend, Wa has created homes built for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability. The homes feature movable walls, multi-use furnishings, lighting and windows to enhance the living space. Interior furnishings incorporate bamboo, organic cotton and hemp into the designs.

Custom Modular Direct offers homes that are cost effective, use less energy and use less natural resources. Homes are built using 2x6 wall construction with R-19 wall insulation, R-38 ceiling insulation and Low-E windows that meet or exceed Energy Star specs.

Epoch Homes of Pembroke, NH just announced the release of their Eco Collection line of homes that incorporate building science and systems to comply with Energy Star and the 2009 National Green Building Standard ICC-700 Silver Level. The result is a collection of homes that are attractive, functional, sustainable and cost efficient.

All American Homes of Elkhart, In offers a line of homes with varying levels of sustainability. The Solar Village collection includes floorplans that incorporate solar powered systems into the dsign. All American also offers a complete catalog of Green options to allow the customer to select their own level of Green.

 

Mike Hogan

Associate Broker

RE/MAX Commonwealth

(804)503-0811

RVARealtor1@gmail.com

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMike Hogan • July 08 2009 10:04PM
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