Dynamic green team members from Deltec, Extreme Makeover, and The EcoBuilders collaborated with the U.S. Green Council to build a home that achieves coveted LEED Platinum level of certification: making the home one of only 25 in America able to boast this distinction.
How did they do it? Following are some of the methods the company uses when constructing a green modular home. Optimizing energy performance is a great place to start. Features such as spray foam insulation, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, energy star appliances and energy-efficient lighting conserve energy and produce long-term savings on utility bills. This extremely durable home is designed to deter wood ingesting insects and mold while also being resistant to hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. Examples of other modular home designs are seen below.
To achieve further LEED credits, Deltec’s Green Building incorporated rainwater retention and irrigation systems as well as installing energy efficient plumbing fixtures in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room.
A quick look at some final numbers for this green modular home: 37% improved energy efficiency, 52% reduction in builder’s project water use, 78% waste reduction in prefabricated structural shell and 85% permeable lot.
If you’re interested in learning more about the details, the final LEED checklist can be downloaded on Deltec’s site.
Posted by Debra Emmons on July 14, 2008 11:17 PM
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