Manufactured Homes Green Building Techniques
Aside from modern technology and contemporary floor plans, a manufactured home can also offer green building techniques. This means you can build a manufactured home to your liking while keeping it environmentally friendly.
Manufactured homes are ahead of the game when it comes to environmental impact. If you consider the facts that they require less building material, are constructed in-factory (eliminating the side effects of job sites), require less space than traditional houses and can be built from renewable resources, it’s easy to see how the manufactured home industry leaves the small environmental footprint that many are looking for.
Green Building Materials
When building your manufactured home, think about using materials that will last a lifetime, reduce waste and save precious resources. Not only will you be saving money on replacement items, you also will be reducing landfill waste. When building your manufactured home, use recycled insulation, suggest recycled lumber for studs and opt for LOW-VOC materials, such as particleboard and paints; these materials do not release toxins.
So, now you may be wondering what eco-friendly features a manufactured home can offer. Aside from renewable building materials and standards to build nothing more than is required by the homeowners, manufactured homes also offer numerous green building techniques that can turn your home into its own sustainable resource.
To do this, consider outfitting your manufactured home with items such as self-generating solar panels. Since technology has drastically reduced the size and weight of these once large panels, going green is easier than ever. For example, you can add:
- Small wind electric systems to generate your own electricity
- Lightweight roof-mounted air collectors for solar water heating
- Solar electric or photovoltaic systems (PV) to produce pollution-free electricity
- Sun-shading devices for cooling your home, rather than relying on expensive electrically-run appliances
Talk with your manufactured home dealer about green building techniques for your new manufactured home. Adding technologies such as insulated windows, energy-efficient doors, timed thermostats, on-demand hot water heaters, energy-efficient lighting and appliances and geothermal heat pumps are just a few of the great ways to ensure that your manufactured home will be energy efficient in the long run.
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