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Green Prefab Homes: What to Look For

Posted by: admin | Posted on: April 18th, 2011 | 1 Comments

It seems that eco-friendly buyers are finally catching onto the fact that green pre-fab homes are the way to go. But what should one look for in manufactured homes that are environmentally friendly? When designing her own green manufactured home, renowned architect Michelle Kaufmann focused on five criteria:

Smart design: Manufactured homes are already of modest size, so multiple use spaces are important. Also, a site that lets you manage the sunlight, winds, and potential water issues matters too.

Eco-friendly materials: If you are a green lifestyle proponent, renewable or recycled materials are the best way to go. Choose a green pre-fab that utilizes as many renewable resources and sustainable materials as possible – and, make sure that those materials can be easily replaced if needed.

Energy efficiency: This is nothing new – after all, many opt for manufactured homes just for the savings on utilities alone. But now, developments like nontoxic foam insulation and advanced window glazing can create an efficient “envelope” to reduce energy consumption even more. You may also want to look for good natural ventilation, which can help cut down on air conditioning.

Water conservation: It can’t be understated that clean, healthy water matters. Your manufactured home’s design should encourage wise use and re-use, whether through low-flow plumbing fixtures or a system to catch and use rainwater.

Clean air: Just as important as clean water, clean air that is free from toxins or carcinogens is something to look for in manufactured homes (whether you’re looking for a green pre-fab or not). Ask about the paints and solvents to be sure they are free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and be sure to avoid install engineered wood products or carpeting made with urea-formaldehyde resins, which can off-gas and contaminate the air for months after your move-in.

At Hallmark Southwest, we construct green prefab homes that are as environmentally friendly as possible. We do our best to meet each of the above criteria, so you and your family can enjoy your earth-friendly prefab home to the greatest extent possible.

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