GREEN MODULAR HOMES
Building green is gold and blue (ENERGY STAR blue)
Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? US buildings produce roughly half of global greenhouse gas emissions every year.
Did you know that our custom designed modular green homes are ENERGY STAR plant certified? What better way to build a sustainable, high performance home at builder direct prices, and use less energy, waste and natural resources of this planet. Learn more about our unique program that allows you to save thousands and conserve resources over a conventional build method.
Energy Efficient Green Modular Homes……
Healthier …Less waste…Lower operating costs ….
Because our custom modular green homes are constructed in a climate controlled environment, they are less prone to mold. The materials used in the construction of the home have been well stored and are not subjected to the elements as is always the case on typical stick built sites, so the overall air quality of the finished green modular home starts out healthier. Green built modular homes are better sealed and insulated improving your overall energy performance and lowering energy costs. State of the art building facilities allow our green homes to be energy sealed in areas that would be physically impossible to seal or insulate on a site built home. 2 x 6 walls with R-19 insulation. R-38 ceiling insulation and Low E windows that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR criteria are all standard. What does this mean for you? Heating and cooling bills account for at least half of the energy use in the home. What better way to cut your overall energy expenses than to take steps during the construction of your home that will benefit you for years to come. Environmentally minded individuals will be pleased to know that the method in which we build our green modular homes minimizes building waste and utilizes sustainable construction materials which will also net LEEDS points all green built modular homes. Pre-built components including trusses and pre-hung doors, allow a more efficient use of raw materials while oriented strand board (OSB) used to sheathe roofs and walls, is an engineered wood product that comes from fast growth forests.
Energy Efficient Green Modular Home Designs……
Conserve energy…..help the planet
The bigger picture in reducing a home’s energy needs means designing and building a high-performance house first. Lowering the energy demand as much as possible by including passive solar techniques first and then adding solar hot water, PV, wind, geothermal, and other efficient heating and cooling options will help you to achieve lower energy requirements right off the bat. Combining standard features of the manufacturing process with our green modular home designs will reward you with the knowledge that you are doing your part to promote a healthy planet for generations to come.
Did you know that CMD has an in house design service that will work with you to create an energy efficient modular home plan that will best meet your design criteria? Our Designs section showcases many homes, all of which can be customized to your needs and ideas. Have something in mind that you may not see on our site? Query us about it. We may have already designed something similar -or give us your sketch and we can go from there. Remember, working with your site and climate is step number one. Just small design ideas are extremely valuable in an energy-efficient green modular home. Are you located in the south? Could you incorporate wide roof overhangs on the south/ southwest side to avoid overheating in the latter part of the day? How about a lighter colored roof or a reflective metal roof? According to Berkeley lab physicist Hashem Akbari, replacing the dark colors on a 1,000 square foot roof offsets ten metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. If rooftops and pavement in the world’s 100 largest cities were converted to light reflective colors, it could offset more CO2 than all countries emit in a year Mr. Akbari states. In cooler climates, minimizing windows on the west and north sides of the house coupled with a tight building envelope utilizing high R-value insulation should be the first consideration. Energy efficient green modular home plans designed for you, to work with your site, not against it should be the rule, not the exception.
Build Energy Efficient Homes right from the start……
And the rewards will constantly increase. There will come a time when the costs to install PV and renewables will equal the cost of utility rates. Although the investment for these systems may cost more to install now, in the long run the savings will be far greater. In the meantime, federal tax credits exist for qualified systems and some states have mandated utility rebates to encourage renewable systems and energy-efficient use. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) www.dsireusa.org to see what incentives your state may offer.
Do the math………
Energy efficient green built modular homes for sale on our site equal your best investment for your future and for generations to come.
Green modular building is here to stay and will be the benchmark for construction practices. The environmental and economic benefits are obvious:
Improved air quality…reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor pollutants…conservation of natural resources…lower operating costs. But until you are able to build your green modular home, what steps can you take now to help reduce energy consumption?
The following 22 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency are from Co-op America’s website (www.coopamerica.org)The goal is to reduce your energy consumption by 10% each year over a 5 year period. This will account for a 50% energy savings and it will be almost painless! A 10% per year energy savings for the average American household is only about 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy/year. This does not make this an austere program.
Here’s how it can be accomplished with the following 22 steps you can take; pick the one’s you’ll do to get the first years 10% savings.
- Turn off your lights you’re not using (2% energy savings per year, assuming an average family’s energy use)
- Schedule an energy audit – your local utility will probably provide an audit for free. (up to 50% energy savings per year)
- Don’t heat or cool empty rooms- if there is a room in your house that is rarely used, close off the vents to save on heating and cooling (varies by room size)
- Give your dishwasher a rest- skip the energy-intensive drying cycle on your dishwasher and choose the air-dry option, or open the door for zero-energy dish drying. (5% energy savings per year)
- Shift your energy load to off-peak hours- because power sources must produce electricity around the time of use, it is our collective peak demand that triggers the building of more polluting power plants. (varies)
- Turn off your electronics – if you’re going to be away from your computer or other appliance for more than an hour, turn it off. (5% energy savings per year)
- Eliminate “phantom load” – many electronics use energy even while turned off, so your best bet is to unplug them when not in use. (5% energy savings per year)
- Make your fridge more efficient- keep your refrigerator’s coils clean to boost its overall power, and store jugs of water in any empty space inside, because water retains coldness better than air. (4% energy savings per year)
- Wash clothes in cold water – your clothes will get just as clean, on half the energy (7% energy savings per year)
- Give up your dryer- hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline or indoor rack.(10% energy savings per year)
- Plug your air leaks – energy-efficient heating and cooling systems are wasted when you’re leaking out the cool or warm air you’re putting in. (5% energy savings per year)
- Reduce your water use- simple ways to save water include fixing any leaks and replacing faucets and showerheads with low-flow options. (3% energy savings per year)
- Cut waste through windows- properly seal window edges, cover windows with curtains to prevent heat loss, or coat windows with reflective “low-e” films that reduce heat loss while still allowing light to shine through. (10% energy savings per year)
- Help your hot water heater- add an insulating cover to reduce heat loss. (1% energy savings per year)
- Install ceiling fans- reduce your air conditioner usage with ceiling fans. Look for ENERGY STAR models that use 50 percent less energy (19% energy savings per year)
- Get a programmable thermostat- automate when your heating or cooling systems come on to save energy while you sleep or are away from home. (10% energy savings per year)
- Upgrade your appliances- look for the ENERGY STAR and you may be eligible for a tax break. (3-12% energy savings per year)
- Upgrade your hot water heater- save energy and space by upgrading to a tankless or solar hot water heater. (14% energy savings per year)
- Green your roof- studies have found that a green roof on a typical one-story building can result in a 25 percent reduction in summer cooling needs. (12% energy savings per year)
- Save energy through landscaping- the US Department of Energy found that the proper placement of as few as three shady trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually. (12% energy savings per year)
- Replace your windows- In step 13, there are recommendations for working with the windows you have. Replacing your windows with more energy-efficient versions can save you even more. (14% energy savings per year)
- Don’t waste energy on TV – with the switch to digital TV coming, many people are buying new, digital-ready TV’s. If you must shop for a new television, look for an LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, which uses six times less energy than a plasma screen. (2% energy savings per year)
Contact Custom Modular Direct to save and build GREEN. Your planet (and wallet) will love you for it.