Green Model Home, Plymouth, N.H.
Builder: ABODE Builders of New England, Plymouth
Architect: Ken Pieper & Associates, Evergreen, Colo.
Size: 1,680 square feet
Cost: $236 per square foot
Certifications: LEED-Platinum, Build Green NH Gold, Energy Star
The LEED-Platinum Mountain Home proves that modular construction does not have to sacrifice clients’ aesthetic wishes. ABODE Builders incorporated classic lodge-style design, architecture, and interior finishes into this factory-built home while achieving superior energy efficiency and waste reduction.
All products were selected with durability and sustainability in mind, including reused hardwood flooring, TREX decking with 98% recycled content, Greenguard-certified paints, and low-VOC carpets and pads. High-efficiency Energy Star appliances and light fixtures help keep energy use to a minimum.
To decrease water consumption and maintenance outside, 50% of the landscaping is drought-tolerant plant species. A moisture sensor ensures that water is used for irrigation only when needed, and a rainwater garden and swales manage water runoff from the roof.
Other sustainable features include:
--A tankless on-demand hot water heater
--Low-flow bath fixtures and dual-flush toilets
--Local Vermont soapstone kitchen countertops
--R-24 ICF foundation walls for a conditioned, well-insulated crawlspace
--HRV system with MERV 11 filter