In Parts 1 & 2 of our blog on the energy efficiency achieved in modular construction, we talked about what energy efficiency means and how it was realized.
In Parts 3 & 4, we’re going to discuss how these energy efficient modular homes benefit you,
the home buyer.
Of course, the first and primary benefit to putting your hard-earned dollars into a modular home is the savings on your
- Today’s modular homes are unquestionably more energy efficient than older correspondingly-sized homes. With improved insulating materials and sustainable building products combined with compact modular construction, a modular home buyer is taking delivery of a house that includes smaller energy bills.
- Truth is, in the past, the materials and products simply didn’t exist to produce homes that were aimed at saving energy yet were still reasonably priced. Moreover, electricity and natural gas were much cheaper than they are presently, and it was simply more advisable to construct a home without a lot of insulation.
- Today, new building and energy codes adopted by each state, and even local jurisdictions, have mandated much higher energy efficiencies. That’s where a modular design shines.
Energy efficiency is the hallmark of modular construction, the result of the modular building process.
- Each module is precision manufactured to exact specifications, resulting in components that fit together perfectly, creating a nearly air-tight seal to prevent the loss of energy.
- Plus, optional state-of-the-art windows keep heat in and reduce energy bills in the process.
- Moreover, many modular homes are built to recommended standards. For example, at Westchester, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Residential Code and include added energy-saving features that typically make them 20- 30 percent more efficient than conventional homes.
- Compared with standard homes, a typical modular home uses substantially less energy for heating, cooling and water heating, delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Small wonder more and more home buyers are turning to modular construction!
- However, the reduction in heating and cooling costs are not the only benefits awarded to the modular home buyer.
- Properly installed energy-efficient enhancements supply superior protection against cold, heat, drafts, pollution and noise.
- An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, plus improved indoor air quality.
In Part 4, we’re going to continue our discussion on how energy efficient modular homes directly benefit today’s discerning home buyer.