09 Mar '12, 5pm

Market Ready Modulars: Can spending less add up to zero?

Market Ready Modulars: Can spending less add up to zero?

Can spending less add up to zero? Builders have learned that if they have big enough budgets, it's not hard to create custom homes that product as much energy as they consume over a year. But what does it take to make net-zero affordable? Some architects and developers have begun tackling these questions by teaming up with modular home builders, combining the cost-cutting efficiency of prefab construction with high-performance energy practices. This approach is still new and evolving. But just as in stick-built construction, assembling the right mix of components at the right price and meeting buyer expectations are key challenges. Also worth asking: Is net-zero worth the extra money, or does near-zero often make more sense? These considerations are front and center in Portland, Maine, where a trio of modular, near-zero homes are set to rise this year on Peaks Island, a ye...

Full article: http://www.greenbuildermag.com/News/Green-Building/Market...

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