Modular Homes

EcoClassic Homes. A New World Home master licensee, the company offers energy-efficient, sustainable homes integrating traditional and regionally inspired design with green products. It provides a variety of LEED-certifiable housing options for detached single-family homes, townhomes, duplexes, and multifamily options. It is also designing a line of live/work homes with commercial space on the ground floor and residential space above. The company claims it can produce a move-in ready home in about 100 days. 855.602.8898.

LivingHomes. The company just launched its C6 LEED-Platinum line of affordable homes in Long Beach, Calif., designed in collaboration with the Make It Right Foundation. C6 homes combine what the company calls its Z6 Environmental Goals (for zero energy, water, emissions, carbon, waste, and ignorance) as well as Cradle-to-Cradle inspired materials. The three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,232-square-foot models start at $179,000, not including transportation and site, permit, and construction costs. 310.581.8500.

ZETA Communities. Tierra del Sol’s 1,268-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath, net-zero energy homes located in San Francisco come with photovoltaic energy; Energy Star appliances, lighting, and windows; low-flow plumbing; heat recovery whole-house ventilation; and nontoxic, recycled, and sustainable finishes. 415.946.4084.

Epoch Corp. In 2011, this Pembroke, N.H., firm became the first modular plant certified Green Approved by the NAHB Research Center. All of its custom designs are ready to be certified at the Bronze level; however, most are certified at Silver, Gold, or Emerald. The company has also built a number of LEED-Platinum homes. 877.463.7624.

Simplex Homes. The company won the 2012 Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design in the category of Green Modular Building, for its work on the net-zero Bancroft Green Luxury townhouse infill project in Center City, Pa. Features include staggered exterior walls with R-33 mineral wool insulation, R-42 in the ceilings, geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery ventilators, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow fixtures. The bricks for the facades and stoops are reused from the building that was torn down prior to redevelopment, and the rubber rooftop and backyard pavers are recycled from old tires and manufactured locally. 800.233.4233. www.simplex

Palm Harbor. This 1,720-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath HUD-Code home will redefine your concept of manufactured housing. Beyond the neo-traditional exterior that would fit in any neighborhood, this Energy Star home installed in a Florida retirement community features R-33 blown-in insulation in the ceilings, R-23 hybrid closed-cell foam (2 inches of foam with a R-11 batten) in 2x6 exterior walls, and R-11 in the floors. Other energy-saving features include a 14 SEER air conditioner with a Compu-Temp mastic-sealed duct system, reflective foil roof decking, and low-E insulated vinyl windows. 813.752.1368.

Method Homes. inHaus Development’s Dave deBruyn chose the company for his net-zero White Rock project in Vancouver, British Columbia, because he admired the speed and efficiency of the modular process. The three-bedroom, four-bath homes are pending LEED-Platinum certification, featuring no- and low-VOC finishes; FSC-certified wenge cabinetry; a HEPA air filtration system; integrated air-exchange, air-to-air heat pump technology for heating, cooling, and hot water; hydronic in-floor heating; solar thermal hot water preheating; and optional solar energy. 206.789.5553.

Keiser Homes. Designed by Kaplan Thompson, the firm’s Modular Zero line was inspired by a site-built Passive House home by Dan Kolbert Building & Renovations in Portland, Maine. Designed as a moderately priced, zero-energy home, it sells for about $200,000. The company will adapt the home to climate- and site-specific requirements to maximize passive solar heating and cooling. Energy features include super-insulated construction (R-40 walls and R-60 roof), optional photovoltaic solar panels, solar hot water, high-efficiency hydronic heating (heat pump), energy-efficient triple-glazed windows, and airtight construction. Water conservation features include low-flow showerheads and faucets, and indoor environmental features include low-VOC paint, adhesives, and sealants, and nontoxic interior finishes. Sustainability features include FSC-certified wood products, recycled-content resilient flooring, 50-year siding, and a 40-year recyclable metal roof. 888.333.1748.

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