2009 - [Sustainable Concepts] Modular Homes and Building Green
2009, vol. 70
Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2009 newsletter
from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this
Quote of the Month: "Uneven walls and round corners are
good for the soul."
Lisa A. Swan
Brief synopsis taken from Seminar from Dr. Nabil Taha,
Many believe that lower cost is the main reason to build
modular, but surprisingly, lower cost is only a secondary
- Superior Quality is the main reason
- followed by Quicker Building Time,
- then Fixed Costs.
Five good reasons to build a modular home:
- Modular homes are built from the best quality lumber
and are protected in a factory controlled environment.
(in contract, on-site houses are typically built from
average quality lumber and are open to rain and/or
snow during construction, which can cause wood to
warp or swell leading to a lifetime of structural
and mold problems.)
- Factories offer skilled craftsmen steady employment
and benefits, resulting in a consistent skilled labor
force. You will have no worries about delays relating
to inexperienced or tardy laborers
- With additional insulation and precision craftsmanship,
modular homes can be significantly more energy efficient.
Your utility bills can be far cheaper than your neighbors
and save you more money in years to come.
- Factory inspections cover every construction detail
of a modular home, which are built to the strictest
codes (IBC and IRC).
- Faster use. You can choose a brand new inventory
home that is already built and move in on your land
in a matter of weeks.
Additional benefits from building modular:
- Faster Loan approvals
- Less costly design and engineering
- Guaranteed price
- Potentially better return on investment
on "Building Modular Homes" on Lisa's Blog.
Seminar: Building Green: Making Your Home More
Join Design Forward's Lisa Swan in Glendale on February
7, 2009 for a Building Green seminar for home owners.
Class Description: Whether you are interested in a new
house, remodeling your existing home, or just adding
a few sustainable features, this innovative class will
give you an in depth review of green building and sustainable
architecture. Learn about solar and wind energy, wall
systems such as straw bale, insulated concrete forms
and foam insulation, natural and recycled materials,
efficient windows and appliances, and more. Also learn
how you can save money through State and local rebates.
Reference Class: SI011
Instructor: Lisa Swan is the owner of Design Forward,
a residential design firm, specializing in sustainable
and green projects. She is an Honors' graduate of the
Illinois Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of
Architecture and has an MBA from Norwich University.
Date & Time: February 7, 2009 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: $35, plus $10 materials fee is payable to the
instructor in class.
Location: Glendale, CA - Garfield Campus of the Glendale
Community College, Room 120
Register Now: http://www.glendale.edu/cse
on this article on Lisa's Blog
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