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View of Wildlife Changing for Residents of Manufactured Home Community

June 28th, 2017 Comments off

(Solar panels cover the hillside behind Canyon View Estates MHC, Credit: KHTS.)

Residents of a manufactured home community in Santa Clarita, California are upset about the new view of a hillside in their backyards that was once covered with wildlife, and more upset realizing there may be little they can do about it.

(Hillside view in Canyon View Estates prior to the panels, Credit: KHTS.)

The owner of Canyon View Estates, Kerry Seidenglanz, said he is weary of a six-digit utility bill to operate the MHC and is in phase one of installing an array of solar panels on the hillside that overlooks the community.

The 20-foot tall panels are set to come within a few feet of the residents’ property lines. Some of the residents have 99-year leases and feel a bit disillusioned.

While Seidenglanz comments the world is “going green,” residents Ben and Susan Turner say they don’t want to “go green” at the expense of their view of the natural world, according to what KHTS tells MHProNews.

Residents May Have No Say                                

(John Caprarelli, Credit: LinkedIn)

While several residents have complained to the city, Santa Clarita city building official John Caprarelli said, “The city doesn’t have jurisdiction to enforce city or building code in a mobile home park (sic).” MHCs are under the jurisdiction of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development headquartered in Sacramento.

The department’s responsibility is to oversee the health and safety of the communities, which may exclude the solar panels.

Residents received notice of the plan for the panels in February, and are holding a meeting to discuss their options. ##

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Submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Canadian Modular Home Builder Gains Foothold in African Market

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

Finished Enertecc modular home. credit Enertec

Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (EHT) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada has signed a letter of intent to build 50,000 modular homes in Ivory Coast for military families, according to what tells MHProNews.

Maple Leaf Holdings SA, of which EHT is a shareholder, will construct two, three and four bedroom homes utilizing the company’s sustainable Advanced Modular Housing System for Foundation General Akissi, which provides military housing for the government. It is anticipated the homes will be built in 10,000 tranches.

Workers assemble EHT modular home. Enertec credit

The Enertec solar energy system consists of cells embedded in the fireproof skin of the roof resulting in a more lightweight product than heavy glass panels and aluminum frames in traditional solar panels, and less expensive as well.

The entire EHT embedded solar roof becomes a massive solar panel capable of producing significantly more energy than the home requires, allowing the home to then become an important source of power for the local micro grid or large battery storage systems,” reports Baystreet.

Erected on site by EHT staff and local crew, the proprietary skin and foam core is stronger and more energy efficient than traditional wood or steel buildings. The materials are shipped on pallets via boat, rail or truck, and a home can be erected in one day.

John Gamble, EHT’s CEO says, “We are now on our way to completing the first large housing order contract in Africa which we are confident will be the start of many similar projects in other countries.” ##

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Article submitted by Matthew J Silver to Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Housing Complex Designed by Social Action Architects

April 19th, 2016 Comments off

architects_f_society__globalconstructinreview__credit__hexagonal_houses_for_disastersThe social action organization Architects for Society (AFS) has designed a hexagonal housing system for catastrophic situations that can be assembled by occupants-to-be. Designed to be shipped to disaster areas in pieces, the Hex House contains typical home amenities and can last 15 to 20 years. Multiple homes can be joined to save heat energy, as globalconstructionreview tells MHProNews.

A galvanized steel tube forms the base; the walls, floors and ceilings are structural insulated metal panels that can be coated with conventional interior and exterior finishes.

Powered by solar panels, the unit collects rainwater and has ventilation shafts that can be altered to provide optimum cooling.

Comprised of designers from the U. S., Europe and the Middle East, AFS describes itself as “a non-profit design practice with a mission to enhance the built environment of disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design.” ##

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Belgium Mini Modular Suitable for Singles or the Elderly

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

Belgian_Skilpod_modular_tiny_homeMade from cross-laminated lumber, Belgian firm Skilpod is producing small, modular inexpensive homes specifically designed for those, young and old, who want smaller homes. Designed in partnership with UAU Collective, the homes can be zero energy or energy positive with the use of solar panels, and may be useful for housing elderly parents on one’s own land as an alternative to traditional nursing homes.

Belgian_mini_modular_2_gizmag__creditBuilt in a factory in the Belgian city Geel, other features that contribute to the sustainability of the homes are heat pumps, ventilation systems with heat recuperation, automatic sunscreens and other home automation systems. Skilpod’s most recent model is 517 square feet and sells for $67,200. According to what gizmag tells MHProNews, they are transported to the site via trucks. Modules may be added as desired. ##

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NYC Students Entering a Modular Home in Solar Decathlon

August 28th, 2015 Comments off

DURA_home_by_nyc_tech_students__their_credit_and_nbcnewyorkUndergraduate students at the New York City College of Technology are busy building a modular, environmentally conscious solar home to enter into the U. S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition this fall, according to nbcnewyork.

The DURA house—diverse, urban, resilient, adaptable—is an open-concept, one-bedroom, net zero weather-resistant living space that almost 60 students have worked on over a two-year period. “To go from having to draw it to seeing it live is an amazing experience for them,” says Alexander Aptekar, the City Tech professor overseeing the project.

With the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy still in their minds, Chantal Manning, a recent graduate from Brooklyn who was part of the original design team, emphasized the plan revolved around the concept of creating a home that could withstand a superstorm. She said, “If we’re going to design something, we want to make sure it’s going to be resilient against future storming and weathering.

Solar panels provide energy, and the stackable unit sports three layers of breathable membrane and air-tight sealing. Materials were donated from suppliers around the world.

Beyond the competition, the students want to grab the attention of NYC Mayor de Blasio. “We really thought about something that’s authentic for New York City,” said Manning. “We want to make sure we’re improving the lifestyle of people who live here and we want to make sure we’re doing it in a sustainable way. Best case, the city says great design, we want to build a whole complex of these in Brooklyn, in Manhattan.

Following the competition, the students would like to return the modular home to NYC so they can evaluate their project and then donate it, possibly to a disable veteran.

As MHProNews knows, the decathlon will be held in Irvine, California in October, 2015, with 20 entries from students around the world. The last competition, in 2013, was won by the Vienna University of Technology. ##(Image credit: nbcnewyork/New York City College of Technology–DURA Home)

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Modular Solar Decathlon Entry up for Sale

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

solar_decathlon_canada_for_sale_calgarysun__credit__7_2015The modular home that placed ninth in the 2013 U. S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition is now up for auction by Reid’s Auction Canada Inc. Borealis, constructed by University of Calgary and Mount Royal University students features an array of roof-mounted solar panels that generates as much energy as it consumes.

According to calgarysun, the home is designed to be sited in a remote area where there are housing shortages. Reid’s Business Manager, Joe Hajas, said, It’s made so you can set it down anywhere and not use any energy at all.

MHProNews has learned the three modules that comprise the home each measure 280 square feet, weighing just over 12 tons each. So far there is only one bid of $5,000, but that is expected to rise once potential bidders see the home on display beginning Aug. 7 at Mount Royal. ##

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Pilot Program will Provide Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes in DE

June 20th, 2015 Comments off

solar_panels_on_manufactured_homes__wdel107_fm__creditThe Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility says thousands of Delawareans are living in energy inefficient manufactured homes whose residents are spending twice as much per square foot on energy costs, according to wdel107fm.

Tony DePrima, executive director of the state-created organization, said his staff is working on a pilot program that would bring zero net energy manufactured homes to residents in need. He envisions energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems with solar panels that could generate enough energy for the entire year.

In the high use summer months, it would be producing more energy than needed and selling it back to the utility and that will make up the difference in those months when you’re not generating a lot of solar but there’s still an electric load,” said DePrima. MHProNews understands the solar panels would be installed on the roofs of the homes.

The organization is trying to determine sources of financing and grants for those who want to participate in the pilot program, and hopes to have a few of the homes set up by next summer. ##

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Modular Smart Home Controlled by Smart Phone

May 26th, 2015 Comments off

german smart home  techvibes  creditA modular home being tested in Germany is controlled totally by a smart phone, generates enough energy from solar panels on the roof to power houses on either side and can be assembled in one day. At the end of the test, B10, as the house is known, will be deconstructed and 100 percent recycled or rebuilt elsewhere.

The everyday functions of the home, such as opening blinds, turning on lights and controlling appliances can be done remotely by a mobile app that learns which behaviors operate the house most efficiently. MHProNews has been informed data regarding energy generation and consumption is continuously gathered over the life of the project, and evaluated at the University of Stuttgart.

Currently the house is being used as an office, and while not all the functions are operative, alphaEOS, one of the companies involved in the project, says it is all within grasp, according to Knowlton Thomas, editor of Canada’s techvibes. The house is generating a surplus of energy, and during the second phase, two students will live in the home.

If the project succeeds as anticipated and the homes become mainstream, options regarding floor plans, size, colors, textures, etc. will be open to customization. ##

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Dutch Mini Homes start at $95,000 for Smallest Model

October 30th, 2014 Comments off

Dutch_mini_homes___2by4_architects_and_gizmag__creditThe 2by4 Architects design firm in the Netherlands has developed a series of three small modular houses, each a little larger than the previous one.  The tiny mods have wooden walls, frame and roof.  They include an electric heat pump system, as well as optional off-grid components such as a composting toilet, solar panels and rainwater cachement.

The smallest, the 226 square-foot Chalet Aida, has a double-height living room with sliding glass door, a small bedroom with a double bed and a loft bed that sleeps two. The kitchen has the basic fridge, sink and two-burner electric stove, according to gizmag, as well as a small bath with shower and toilet.

The Chalet Tosca has 319 square feet and Chalet Nabucco 516 square feet, similar to Aida, but both have a mezzanine area instead of a loft bed and a different interior layout. Prices range from $95,570 for Aida to $108,314 for the Nabucco modular. Additionally, MHProNews has learned the mini-homes can be lengthened an additional four feet at a cost of $6,371. ##

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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 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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