Modular Housing Qualifies for Green Certification

Shawn Filer
December 18, 2008 — 1,466 views  

The coveted "NAHB Green" verification is now available for modular homes builders. This is a significant change to the residential sector that manufactures approximately 20 percent of the country's current housing stock. Also, expect this number to climb over the next few decades as new industry standards and technology hit the market... in addition to increased competition amongst modular home builders. The Modular Green Approved initiative was introduced on Nov. 25 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB Building Systems Councils (BSC), and the NAHB Research Center. The Modular Green is a new program provided by the NAHB Research Center, the same group that oversees the National Green Building Certification initiative for standard single family homes. Traditional homes are inspected onsite by NAHB trained professionals who examine the insulation, framing, and other key components - as well as the materials and products that help produce water efficiency, better indoor environmental quality, etc. All important "green" components. With a modular home the inspection is much more difficult since the walls and/or sections arrive to the home site pre-built... providing little opportunity to inspect the insides of walls, etc. By ensuring that the house and its components meet green requirements in the factory through this new program, this problem has been resolved. Inspections will be done both at the factory and at the home site to insure that all guidelines have been met. Because modular homes are factory-constructed, they make use of resource efficiencies that make them less costly to manufacture, meaning they are more affordable and environmentally friendly.

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