Discussion Forum Topic:

Modular Homes and Environmental Stewardship
Original Comment:
There are a lot of people claiming that their product is “green” or environmentally friendly, including many modular home builders. But what exactly does that mean? MHBA asked Richard Wildermuth, CEO of Connecticut Valley Homes (CVH) for his thoughts on this.

CVH: There are some of the advantages found in every custom modular home we build. For example, modular homes are engineered to a higher standard of strength than site-built homes because they need to be transported to the building lot, lifted by a crane and set on the foundation. This results in a tighter, more completely sealed building envelope, which transfers into heating and cooling savings for the homeowner.

Another energy savings practice that we utilize is to insulate and seal all the gaps around electrical boxes, switches, water supply lines, plumbing waste lines, dryer vents and oven vents prior to the home leaving the factory.

MHBA: It seems like we hear a lot about inefficiencies around the windows and doors. Can that be addressed in the factory?

CVH: We use long-lasting, energy-saving windows and doors, which keeps temperature and air quality at a stable level and requires less from heating and cooling systems. Our sealed building envelope also prevents drafts through windows and walls limiting the presence of allergens and dust.

MHBA: So, it’s not only energy efficient, it can also improve indoor air quality?

CVH: Yes. Materials are safely stored in the factory while homes are constructed indoors; unlike site-built homes where supplies and framing are exposed to weather which can lead to mold or mildew issues.

MHBA: What about other “green” aspects of building this way?

CVH: Our construction process maximizes the use of construction materials which results in far less waste in landfills. Reduced onsite construction time means less disturbance to the building site. Fewer material deliveries, construction vehicles and less disruption to the surrounding neighborhood than with a site-built home.

To read the original article, go here: https://www.ctvalleyhomes.com/docs/why-modular/environmental-stewardship.asp

About the Author:
Connecticut Valley Homes believes in sustainable construction practices and environmental stewardship. For over thirty years, we have been building inherently green modular homes. Richard Wildermuth, President of Connecticut Valley Homes, was in the first graduating class of the National Association of Homebuilder’s “Green Building for Professionals.” As a Certified Green Professional, he believes in building well crafted, energy efficient homes.
Started on November 5, 2018 by Tom Hardiman
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Additional Comments:
Some additional Factory Built contributions to a GREEN best building practices environment

Inclement weather protection of materials
Theft prevention
Less Contractors for On Site work and visits on the surrounding neighborhood
Less use of building materials
Less Waste Inside and On Site
Energy Efficiency testing in side the Factory
- Blower Test
- Pressure testing of pipes
Home must travel the highways for wind testing and stress/vibrations equal to a constant earthquake

To name a few not mentioned in this discussion
Updated on November 5, 2018 by Steven Lefler

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