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North Carolina’s Deltec Sites First Net-Zero Home

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

deltec homes  dot com blogThe Renew Collection of Deltec Homes of Asheville, North Carolina offers homes with net-zero level of efficiency, reducing energy consumption by two-thirds compared to a traditional site-built home, according to sbcmag.info. Featuring double-stud walls, solar panels, triple-paned windows, exterior insulation and fresh air ventilation, their first net-zero home was delivered to Dr. Marie DeVerneil, an organic farmer, professor at the University of Maryland and mother of a LEED architect. “I teach a course in cultural sustainability [at UMBC] and am a member of the sustainability movement there,” she said. “I knew if I were to build a house, it would have to be as fossil fuel free as possible.”

Steve Linton, president of Deltec Homes, said, “The construction of the DeVerneil home has been very exciting for us.There are several years of research and planning behind the Renew Collection and to see it launch and gain popularity so quickly has been validating.” Linton said this is the future of homebuilding as more people become aware of the carbon footprint of traditional homes. Deltec has 20 homes from the Renew Collection scheduled to be delivered by mid-2015. As MHProNews reported Jan. 15, 2013, Greenfab displayed a net-zero home at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas Jan. 18-24, 2013. ##

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Off Site Construction Methods Gaining Recognition and Advocates

March 12th, 2014 Comments off

According to theiet.org, the world is beginning to realize the advantages of modular construction methods in the wake of the desire for quicker, cheaper, cleaner and more environmentally friendly building techniques. Two years ago China’s Broad Construction stunned the world when it assembled a 30-story modular hotel working round the clock in 15 days, as MHProNews.com reported June 4, 2013. Ninety-three percent of the hotel was pre-assembled in a factory under controlled conditions and away from the vagaries of the weather. While modular methods have been used in the UK and US for 50 years, it’s only recently that it has garnered international attention.

Buildings consume 40 per cent of the world’s energy. Tom O’Hara of U. S.-based modular construction company Capsys, noting the energy conservation that results from building indoors, says, “We can do a unique airflow test on each of our modules that is not possible in traditional building. We essentially suck the air out of an apartment and measure the difference between the exterior and interior. As a result our buildings are 100 per cent more airtight than required – simply because the corners are actually square and flush.” Window insulation and heat recovery systems further contribute to conservation. He adds: “Our factory is the height of sustainability, and the industry as a whole has huge potential. We fully meet LEED’s [US Green Building Council] legislation as we are very low-waste. All orders are structured and manufactured to a specific size which means few cut offs and little wasted materials. This also allows us to recycle materials such as gypsum that disintegrate in rain – traditionally if these were left exposed on a building site they would just be thrown away.”

As MHProNews.com understands, the same can be said for manufactured housing: The efficient use of resources in building leads to cost savings and sustainability for the homeowner. ##

(Photo credit: Mod-U-Kraf–modular dormitory at Ferrum College in Virginia)

Modular Housing for Native Americans

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

RedLakeNationNews informs MHProNews the first modular housing development in Portland, Ore. opened move-in ready to fanfare Wed., Feb. 13. Commissioner Nick Fish greeted those gathered at the opening ceremony of Kah San Chako Haws (East House in Chinook), a LEED Gold-certified energy-efficient modular apartment complex. Since Native Americans living in poverty are reluctant to use public housing and tenant vouchers, the project is a step in addressing that problem in their community. The nine-unit complex is comprised of three studio apartments, three one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Total time for design through financing and construction was 13 months, as compared to the 18-24 months site-built construction would have required. Collaboration for the section 8 modular housing included the Native American Youth and Family Center, the Portland Housing Bureau, Meyer Memorial Trust, State Housing and Community Services, and Capital Pacific Bank.

(Photo credit: Global Deployable Housing, LLC)

Some Times Things That Sound Too Good Are True

March 12th, 2012 Comments off

living homes screen shotDurabilityandDesign.com was the first to not that you may be able to believe things that sound too good to be true, at least where certain modular homes are concerned. LivingHomes LLC, a Santa Monica-based developer has an affordable, modern, zero-energy, zero-carbon, LEED Platinum-certified pre-fab home that is available now. It is also the first LivingHome to achieve most of LivingHomes’ Z6 Environmental Goals: zero energy, zero water, zero emissions, zero carbon, zero waste. The C-shaped homes start at $179,000 and are produced by Phoenix-based CAVCO. They were recently on public view in several California locations.

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Prefabricated Modular Receives LEED Platinum

March 7th, 2012 Comments off

USGBC LogoGreenfab was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. Greenfab’s prefabricated, modular home is the first to be certified LEED Platinum in the State of Washington. The home is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series. The 1,870 square foot Seattle Greenfab home consists of three bedrooms and focuses heavily on reducing energy use by incorporating double-glazed windows with a U-value of .35, R-26 exterior walls, which are 35 percent better than code (R-17), Energy Star rated appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater. A digital monitoring system collects and measures realtime data about weather, energy and water use, and provides constant feedback to troubleshoot and monitor performance through an interactive iPad/iPhone based application. Advocates say green, prefabricated, modular homes may have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives. According to the industry, Greenfab homes are not only healthier and stronger but are also completed 50 percent faster than traditional homes built on-site.

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High-End Texas modular builder debut

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Lake|Flato Porch home, extending the living space using porches and decks, photo MySAMySA reports that American Institute of Architects award winning Lake|Flato Architects has entered the modular/prefabricated home field with a new subsidiary. Lake|Flato Porch House is building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified modulars in Navasota TX, near Houston. “What Lake|Flato does particularly well comes into play,” said Lake|Flato architect Bill Aylor. “Yes, this is modular construction, but we’re still applying our design expertise on how we can respond specifically to different sites.” “You still have to be able to personalize the design and adapt it to the site,” said Ted Flato, principal at Lake|Flato. “Each project is an attempt to come up with something new.” The 17 foot wide modules can be built to net zero energy standards, using solar panels. Designing and building a home with an architect is often a two-year process. But going with the modular design can compress that time period to between six and nine months, Flato said. Costs for a completed and delivered Porch House will run between $150 and $225 per square foot, plus design services vs. about double that for a traditionally built Lake|Flato house. “It’s a very affordable way to use an architect, but it’s not going to work for everyone,” Flato said. “This is not for someone who doesn’t care what their spaces are like.” The firm is looking for other locations in various parts of the U.S., as they believe a 500 mile radius from Navasota is about what the current production facility can cost effectively service.

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Contractor Offers Modular Homes Assembled in 12 Hours

May 3rd, 2011 Comments off

My North reports a Traverse City, Michigan, contractor offers a 725 square foot modular home he can assemble in a day.  Drew Craven uses Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) for the sides, a corrugated metal slanted roof concealing a second bedroom, and sliding barn doors that seal the home’s windows, but also open onto a deck during seasonable weather.  Storage and utilities are tucked into the floor and cabinets to maximize useable space, and the shower is outside for rural summer cleansing.  His company, Cottage in a Day, promotes green technology and sustainability by keeping the energy costs low, and says his modular buildings meet or exceed Energy Star and Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  Bamboo flooring and unfinished wood beams fit with the northern Michigan flavor.  Craven offers customized modular designs, and assembles the homes on site himself.

Canadian Builders Tout Modular Building Equal to Conventional

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

Canada’s Journal of Commerce says that modular housing can qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification just as much as stick-built construction.  Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), says, “Any project that can be site built can be more efficiently built off site.”  Overspray and material off-gassing are more controlled, resulting in better indoor environmental quality.  The structural insulated panels with R-values up to R-45 realize a 50 percent better energy savings over a wood-frame construction.  Mike Huggins, of Burrows Huggins Architects, stacked 50 recycled 2010 Olympic Village modular units, each 12 by 50 feet, to create a 100-room LEED Silver facility.  The hydronic heating system comes from a mat of capillary tubes set into the plaster between the ceiling joists to make the ceiling a large radiant panel.  Says Huggins, “The modules are easily recycled, which may not result in LEED points, but supports sustainability.”

Three-story Modular Home Rises in Tight Urban Setting

March 9th, 2011 1 comment

BostonSF reports residents of a Boston neighborhood are witnessing the first ever three-story modular home being put together in their area.  Westchester Modular Homes of Greater Boston (WMHGB) supervised the assembly of the six-module unit.  The 3,360-square-foot home sits on a lot only 20 square feet larger, and will feature many high-energy-efficiency and green-performance elements such as solar panels for heating water and rainwater cachement for landscaping.  The owners expect to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) H Platinum certification for their home.  The owners further intend to set up a website to educate people about the house, and about improving neighborhoods by living green.  Scott Jones, President and CEO of WMHGB, said, “With a limited lot size in an urban setting, these homeowners have maximized their living space.”