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3 Surprising Benefits of New Prefabricated Eco-Friendly Homes | SanJoseGreenHome.com

Excellent information from SanJoseGreenHome.com regarding the unexpected benefits of modular housing.

 

3 Surprising Benefits of New Prefabricated Eco-Friendly Homes | SanJoseGreenHome.com.


Eco-Friendly Appliance Guide – Greener Ideal

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by derrick @ 12:00 pm on July 25, 2012

Eco-Friendly Appliance Guide – Greener Ideal.

 

Some excellent information from Jessica Snow for Greener Ideals!


What is a modular home? What is the difference between manufactured homes and a modular homes?

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by derrick @ 1:19 pm on March 8, 2012

Modular homes are homes that are built in two or more sections in a controlled factory setting that are then transported and assembled at the building site. Modular homes are built to either local or state building codes as opposed to manufactured homes (sometimes still erroneously referred to as mobile homes) which are also built in a factory but are governed by a federal building code.

Modular homes can be completely customized to meet the home-buyers needs and tastes as well as to meet local building and zoning codes and to better withstand local issues such as hurricanes, earthquakes or snowload. Modern modular homes are built with the highest quality materials and construction. The benefits of building homes in a factory are similar to the benefits of building automobiles in a factory and can include:

•High degree of quality control
•Lack of exposure to the elements during construction
•Better control of inventory of materials including protection from theft and the effect of rain and snow
•Volume purchasing discount as well as more efficient use of materials
•Shorter time to move-in

The greater efficiency of building homes in a factory environment, rather than on-site, means that you, the home-buyer, can move into the home of your dreams at a significant savings and with a higher level of quality than you would if you were to choose a site-built home rather than a modular home.

Since they are built to local building codes, modular homes are treated the same as site-built homes with respect to zoning, financing, appraisal, and value appreciation.


Are Green Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes available?

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by derrick @ 2:03 pm on March 6, 2012

Green building is a hot topic today for a number of reasons. Rising energy costs are making home efficiency more important for the average consumer. Increasing concern and awareness of environmental impacts including global warming are increasing consumers’ interest in reducing their “footprint” on the planet and its resources. Additionally, the Federal government as well as many State governments are offering incentives that make going “green” even more affordable.

Regardless of your motivation for researching green building, Manufactured and Modular Housing fits naturally into the overall green building paradigm. Homes built in a factory have some natural advantages over traditional “site-built” homes. A factory is able to use materials much more efficiently than a construction crew at a building site. Cuts of raw materials such as lumber, drywall, paint, wiring, plumbing and insulation can be planned more efficiently and left-over materials can be reused, repurposed or recycled rather than simply sent to the landfill as waste. Also, in a climate-controlled factory setting, materials are not exposed to the elements as they frequently are at job sites which often results in materials being rendered unfit for the builder’s needs and therefore landfill-bound. According to the National Association of Home Builders the typical 2000 sq. ft. site-built home generates about 8000 pounds of waste. Modular Home and Manufactured Home factories are able to reduce that waste by 50 to 75%. A home built in a modern manufactured or modular home factory is also likely to last longer than site-built homes in the event of natural disaster, saving both human as well as materials costs. For example, modern factory-built homes are being used to rebuild devastated areas of the Gulf Coast. Built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour, these homes will outlast nearly any site-built homes. Finally, the materials used in a factory are delivered in large, efficient deliveries rather than the many small trips to the local hardware or lumber supply company and back that are typical of a site-built home-building project. This saves in materials costs as well as transportation costs and impact.

A more recent development in factory-built homes’ “green” evolution is the establishment of green-building certification programs including the EnergyStar™ and CertifiedGreen™ programs. EnergyStar™ is a nationally recognized, voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, new homes and buildings to consumers and business owners across the United States. Initiated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, EnergyStar™ is now a joint effort of EPA and the US Department of Energy. EPA is responsible for administering the EnergyStar™ label for homes. An EnergyStar™ qualified home is significantly more energy efficient in its heating, cooling, and water heating than a comparable standard code home. This increased level of energy efficiency can be met using standard technologies and manufacturing practices by successfully integrating three key home components:

* An energy-efficient building envelope (e.g., effective insulation, tight construction, and high-performance windows).
* Energy-efficient air distribution (e.g., airtight, well-insulated ducts).
* Energy-efficient equipment (e.g., space heating, space cooling, and hot water heating).

Each EnergyStar™ qualified home can keep 4,500 lbs of greenhouse gases out of our air each year. And because homes have such long life-spans, this environmental benefit lasts for many, many years. (Source: EnergyStar.gov)

The CertifiedGreen Modular Home Program™ was established by the Systems Building Research Alliance in conjunction with the National Modular Housing Council, modular homebuilders and other stakeholders as a green building and certification program for modular homes. Key features of the CertifiedGreen Modular Home Program™ include:

* Only producers of modular homes and their affiliated builders can participate in CertifiedGreen. The program is designed to take advantage of the resource efficiencies and quality control methods inherent in modular building
* The requirements for CertifiedGreen homes are based on the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The NGBS was developed by the International Code Council in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders.
* To achieve CertifiedGreen designation, plants and builders must work together to demonstrate that the home and the site contain a combination of green features, or measures, from six categories: Lot Design, Preparation and Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Building Operation, Maintenance and Education.
* CertifiedGreen homes must comply with the requirements of the national ENERGY STAR program. Energy efficiency is a linchpin of green and ENERGY STAR is the best guarantee of consistent superior energy performance.
* CertifiedGreen offers four levels of compliance: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald, providing modular companies and their builders opportunities for qualifying homes with greater “green” content.
* Modular manufacturers must be certified by an independent third-party “Certifier” to build CertifiedGreen homes. Routine production is monitored by the plant’s own in-house quality control staff.
* While the plant is certified to routinely construct homes that are both CertifiedGreen and ENERGY STAR, there is no equivalent certification for the builder. Rather, each home is approved in the field by an independent third-party “Verifier” retained by the builder.
* A completed and qualified CertifiedGreen home has a Designed to Earn CertifiedGreen label, two EnergyStar™ labels, an EnergyStar™ Home Certificate and a CertifiedGreen Home Certificate.

Modular companies interested in building CertifiedGreen homes should visit http://www.certifiedgreenmodular.org/ for more information.

In addition to the obvious benefit of reducing our impact on the planet, building “green” can provide financial benefits to the consumer. Energy efficient homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the life of a home this can add up to tens of thousands of dollars saved. Also, by choosing an energy-efficient home you will have a higher likelihood of finding a good buyer when the time comes to sell your homes.

Federal and State governments offer a number of incentives to encourage consumers to choose environmentally friendly homes as well. The number and variety of incentives for EnergyStar™ factory-built homes is on the rise. Many utilities and state agencies are turning to financial incentives as a way to promote efficient construction. An array of tax credits, sales tax reductions, rate discounts and direct payments are being offered from coast-to-coast for both HUD-code and modular homes. Most programs provide a direct cash payment to the factory builder, retailer/dealer or homebuyer, often with the purchase of an EnergyStar™ home. Amounts vary, but most incentives are between $400 and $750, although with several programs the benefits reach well beyond $2,000, frequently in the form of a tax reduction. These are in addition to the $1,000 per home federal tax credit available to manufactured home producers through 2008. See http://www.research-alliance.org for more information.


10 Easy Tips to Help you Purchase a Manufactured Home

So, you’ve decided you’d like to buy a manufactured or modular home, or perhaps you are considering retiring to a manufactured home community in warmer climates. This list of 10 easy steps should serve as an outline for this process and guide you through your journey.
1. Amenities. Whether you are looking at homes in mobile home parks or at manufactured and modular home dealers, make a list of ‘must haves’, ‘would like to haves’, and ‘can live with outs’. This will help prioritize what is important and either rule in or out a home model or a manufactured home community. This list may include things like a porch, mud room, or pitched roof for homes; or age restricted, family oriented, or proximity to work, school, the beach, etc. for communities as well as community amenities like playgrounds, swimming pool, etc.
2. Research the product. You are looking for a home that you will be living in for years to come, be sure you are happy with it. Using your list of amenities, research the manufacturers and models available, or manufactured home communities that are out there. Be sure to read reviews and evaluations from current and past owners, check the Better Business Bureau and other online resources to see if there have been any complaints filed against the manufacturer or community owner. Also, a good manufactured home dealer or community should have a website that gives you in-depth information about their organization.
3. Location. After you research the manufactured homes and modular homes that are out there, move on to the next phase of finding out where that home or community is available. Make a list of the availability, starting with the closest, it will help in the next phase of research.
4. Get your credit score. At this point you need to get your finances in order, and see what you will need in the way of loans. Manufactured home dealers and communities typically have resources for getting the pre-approval process started.  It is a great courtesy to the sales person to know what your price range is before you shop through homes.
5. Zoning/CCR issues. For example, if you intend to add a garage or a storage shed, will this be allowed? Many manufactured home dealers are also builders or can work with builders to add amenities to your home.
6. Research the dealers or communities. Look for customer testimonials, check their website, and again check the Better Business Bureau and other online resources to see if there have been any complaints filed and remember a good manufactured home dealer or community should have a website that gives you in-depth information about their organization. Also, meet a manager.  Sales persons will not be your contact after the purchase.  Management provides services beyond the home sale.  They are your best resource to learn about a manufactured home community because they work with the residents on a daily basis.
7. Visit the location. After youve done the initial research and made the list of potential dealers or communities, get out and take a drive. Visit the locations anonymously. Get a feel for the business, see how helpful the staff is, what the community looks like, etc. Take notes. At this point, tell them you are just browsing and avoid the hard-sell. Do this for all of the potential business that can cater to your business and compile your notes.
8. Lot Rent / HOA or other dues/fees. If you are purchasing a home in a land-lease community, be sure you are aware of what the lot rent fee is, as well as any Home Owner’s Association fees and what is included in them, for example, water, garbage, pet fees, etc.
9. Find a financial institution. Once you’ve decided what you need for financing, make a list of institutions that can help, and be sure that the dealers or communities on your short list are able to work with that institution. If it is difficult to get this done, don’t fear! Many manufactured and modular home dealers and communities have in-house financing or relationships established with other financing sources. You need to be honest with yourself, and find the best solution for you.
10. Insurance rates/availability. Be sure to have your insurance in place before the home is delivered, or you take ownership.
With a background in print advertising and marketing, Derrick Hachey now has over 10 years experience assisting clients in increasing brand and product awareness. He is currently a member of the ManufacturedHomeSource.com team which was formed in 2003 by experts in Internet Marketing who share the common goal of harnessing the power of the Internet to more efficiently connect potential home-buyers with dealers and communities in the factor-built housing industry across the country. Focused solely on Internet Marketing and how it can benefit the Manufactured Housing Industry for the past 3 years, Derrick has a keen insight into the strategic importance of the Internet as an essential sales and marketing tool.





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