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Green building is a hot topic today for a number of reasons. Rising energy costs are making home efficiency more important for the average consumer. Increasing concern and awareness of environmental impacts including global warming are increasing consumers’ interest in reducing their “footprint” on the planet and its resources. Additionally, the Federal government, as well as many State governments, are offering incentives that make going “green” even more affordable.

Regardless of your motivation for researching green building, Manufactured and Modular Housing fits naturally into the overall green building paradigm. Homes built in a factory have some natural advantages over traditional “site-built” homes. A factory is able to use materials much more efficiently than a construction crew at a building site. Cuts of raw materials such as lumber, drywall, paint, wiring, plumbing and insulation can be planned more efficiently and left-over materials can be reused, reproposed or recycled rather than simply sent to the landfill as waste. Also, in a climate-controlled factory setting, materials are not exposed to the elements as they frequently are at job sites which often results in materials being rendered unfit for the builder’s needs and therefore landfill-bound. According to the National Association of Home Builders the typical 2000 sq. ft. site-built home generates about 8000 pounds of waste. Modular Home and Manufactured Home factories are able to reduce that waste by 50 to 75%. A home built in a modern manufactured or modular home factory is also likely to last longer than site-built homes in the event of natural disaster, saving both human as well as materials costs. For example, modern factory-built homes are being used to rebuild devastated areas of the Gulf Coast. Built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour, these homes will outlast nearly any site-built homes. Finally, the materials used in a factory are delivered in large, efficient deliveries rather than the many small trips to the local hardware or lumber supply company and back that are typical of a site-built- home-building project. This saves in materials costs as well as transportation costs and impact.

A more recent development in factory-built homes’ “green” evolution is the establishment of green-building certification programs including the Energy Starô programs. Energy Starô †is a nationally recognized, voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, new homes and buildings to consumers and business owners across the United States. Initiated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, Energy Starô is now a joint effort of EPA and the US Department of Energy. EPA is responsible for administering the Energy Starô label for homes. An Energy Starô† qualified home is significantly more energy efficient in its heating, cooling, and water heating than a comparable standard code home. Save money and live more comfortably purchase a KIT Energy Star Home from the American Home Store.