Green Construction

More and more builders and consumers are seeking green options when it comes to constructing new homes. Our Manufacturer is committed to green construction and it’s something they strive to improve upon in every detail of every home we sell. In fact, our manufacturers innovative modular building process is uniquely set up to more easily offer green solutions than traditional site-built construction – for less cost! Their standardized process reduces material waste and increases construction efficiency. You’ll find that we offer many environmental benefits that green-minded homeowners can appreciate.

ENERGY STAR® and Modular

Our Manufacturer is an ENERGY STAR® Partner and routinely builds homes that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines. Our factory home building process enables us to build much “tighter” houses – homes that operate at least 15 percent more efficiently than a standard home. Our Manufacturer enables us to offer homebuyers a variety of plans and options for greener ENERGY STAR qualified homes.

Frequently Asked Questions

General:

What is green building and what are its benefits?

Green building is a complete approach to every part of the building process, including design, construction, energy, water efficiency and lot development. Green building uses recycled and reused materials or materials made from renewable resources. Building green minimizes the negative impact on the environment and the community. It reduces callbacks while increasing product differentiation and profit for the homebuilder. It can also lower operating costs, improve construction methods, reduce maintenance issues, and increase home value.

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR® is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. It is a program designed to promote energy efficiency in home building. Homes receive this label if they operate at least 30% more efficiently than a standard home. In addition to new homes, the EPA has extended the ENERGY STAR label to include commercial and industrial buildings.

To earn an ENERGY STAR label, the home must meet specific EPA guidelines. Qualified homes feature: effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction ducts, efficient heating/cooling equipment, and other efficient products such as lighting fixtures, refrigerators, washing machines, etc. Third party Home Energy Raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify energy efficient measures.

Is green building for modular more complicated than green building a site-built home?

The modular process for green home building is actually less complicated than the site-built process. Modular homes are built in sections in a factory environment, where more precise angles, and seals can be created. On-site construction is less precise than factory construction and can lead to less tight homes. Modular homes can also be developed “green” using natural, non-toxic and sustainable materials.


Green Materials And Practices

In what areas can I use green materials? (windows, siding, doors, roofing, etc.)

Because the green building process is comprehensive, everything is included, from windows, siding, doors and roofing to the home site, foundation, heating/cooling system, appliances and lighting.

What compliances or codes are involved to build green?

A green home’s building materials are an important first step. Good To Be Green (goodtobegreen.com) lists a guide to being green. Its extensive list includes information on everything from roofing materials and exterior wall siding to interior walls and flooring.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy do not have a specific building certification program. However, ENERGY STAR does measure a green building’s energy use.

What tips can I give my customers to be cost and energy efficient in their homes?

These tips can be as simple as turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use. Other tips may include: setting the thermostat at a comfortable level in the winter and higher in the summer months, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, air drying dishes, taking short showers, and washing only full loads of dishes and clothing.

Costs

Is it more costly for me to build green homes?

Often, good green buildings cost approximately the same amount as a standard home. Over the long run, cost savings show up in energy/utility bills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, good green buildings may cost only a few percentage points more than conventional designs.

What are other incentives from the local or state governments to builders to practice and build green?

Many local and state governments offer options for businesses to build green. In Maine, for example, there is the Efficiency Maine Business Program. This program provides cash incentives and independent technical advice to help businesses save energy and money. And South Carolina offers a state loan program called ConserFund Loan Program to fund a variety of efficiency improvements to projects promising a fast energy savings payback. Check with your local and state agencies for more information.



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