The Christian Science Monitor took a look at modular homes last week, focusing on the green qualities:
This summer, two exhibitions of modular houses – at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – are putting a spotlight on how off-site building techniques can shrink the carbon footprint of a new house.
The article cites a number of reasons why building in the factory is a good idea:
finish construction usually takes a few weeks, not months, saving energy by requiring fewer trips to the job site by construction workers
by building indoors, workers can also more easily make sure that energy-saving features like insulation are carefully and properly installed for maximum effectiveness
individual home-building companies may not have the resources to keep current on the latest "high-performance building" techniques ... but modular homes can have state-of-the-art environmental design built into them at the factory
The companies mentioned in the article:
Read the complete article for details.
subtitle: Modular houses are built to higher standards and with less waste, proponents say
publication: The Christian Science Monitor
author: Gregory M. Lamb
length: 1,100 words
publication date: August 13, 2008