Friday, September 23, 2011

Modular Homes: The Original Green Living

Modular homes were green long before the word became a catch-phrase in the home building industry.  Modular building techniques are extremely efficient and produce less waste than typical methods.  Even in this already eco-friendly climate, Homes By Vanderbuilt is raising the bar for green living.

As of January 2011, all of the homes offered by Homes by Vanderbuilt will surpass, not merely meet, the stringent requirements of the Energy Star rating.  Energy Star is a joint program run by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.  Earning the Energy Star means a home or an appliance has met the strict guidelines of energy efficiency set by these two demanding agencies.

Owning an Energy Star modular home is more than just a title.  It’s a way to save money on monthly bills.  These homes can save their owners hundreds each year and up to $10,000 over the course of a mortgage.  Plus, they reduce the amount of CO2 a home expels into the atmosphere.

There are a number of options to create the most energy-efficient home.  Homes By Vanderbuilt homes can include nearly every one.  In fact, they offer some homes that are designed to achieve the highest rating offered in the Energy Star program: the coveted 5 Star performance rating.  These homes may cost as little as an estimated $19 per month to heat and cool.

Insulation is one way these modular homes conserve energy and lower energy costs.  They use spray foam insulation rather than traditional batts and rolls.  This product is literally sprayed into the area it insulates either with small spray containers or a larger pressurized system.  Spray foam creates a tighter seal by getting into every crack and crevice and fitting even irregularly shaped walls and attics.

Radiant barrier sheathing is another way of keeping costs down in the attic.  This barrier reflects up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat off of the roof of a home.  Attic temperatures are lowered and heat does not penetrate into home’s the living space.

The sun’s energy can overheat a home but it can also be harnessed to help make the home more efficient.  Solar powered vents can put installed into any Homes by Vanderbuilt modular home to further reduce attic temperatures and reduce cooling costs. 

There are also ways to reduce energy costs inside a modular home.  LED lighting can shave dollars off of the monthly bills.  On-demand water heaters use less far less energy yet can still provide an entire family with hot morning showers.  Of course, the more familiar Energy Star-rated appliances like refrigerators and oven can be installed into any Homes by Vanderbuilt home as well.

If keeping costs down and reducing a home’s carbon footprint is important to you, then an energy-saving modular home from Homes By Vanderbuilt is a great choice for your next home.  

Homes by Vanderbuilt
3300 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Sanford, NC 27332
Telephone: 919-774-6319

Against the Odds

Technology involved in building a modular home has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade. The new eco-friendly methods and materials are impressive in their ability to save both energy and money. Despite these advances though, many modular home builders have suffered and closed in the recession. Against the odds though, Homes by Vanderbuilt has succeeded where others have failed.

Changes in the economy and changes in the financial industry put incredible stress on the modular home industry as a whole. Banks were forced to eliminate many of the options that builders used to finance the high cost of building multiple models for display.

Called “floorplan financing”, these options are lines of credit that builders use to keep fresh, new modular models on display. The disruption in the banking industry has made securing this type of financing increasingly difficult. Banks are only offering affordable floorplan financing to businesses that have a long-standing history of healthy credit and sound financial decision-making.

Many builders did not have the financial stability needed to maintain their floorplan financing and were not able to keep up their displays. They were forced to reduce their inventory or leave models to become badly outdated in features and decor. This contributed to serious declines in sales and the demise of many builders. More than 70% of home builders have failed during the past seven years.

Homes by Vanderbuilt has succeeded in spite of the negative industry trends. This company has retained its solid standing in financial circles, kept its large model center up to date and has even expanded its award-winning display. The beautiful model center at Homes by Vanderbuilt boasts nearly three dozen fully-decorated homes for visitors to browse.

No other builders can match this display center in size or quality. It remains the largest display of its kind in the US. In addition to the many models on display, Homes by Vanderbuilt also offers a large variety of choices for homebuyers. There are over 150 home plans available in many different pricing categories.

Homes by Vanderbuilt’s modular homes feature the more exciting trends in the industry. All of their homes surpass Energy Star standards and even more eco-friendly choices are available through the Xtreme Green product line.

Homes by Vanderbuilt continues to uphold its tradition of leadership and strength in the industry, even in these unfavorable economic conditions. For more than a quarter of a century, this company has consistently met and surpassed its customers’ expectations for quality, value and service. Regardless of negative industry trends, this company will continue to thrive well into the future.

Homes by Vanderbuilt is located in Sanford, North Carolina and its showrooms offer more than 100 floor plans from which to choose. For more information on floorplans or to schedule a visit to one of their showrooms, visit:

Homes by Vanderbuilt
3300 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Sanford, NC 27332
Telephone: 919-774-6319

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