Question

Are there any truly green modular companies within reasonable distance of Western NC?

Asked by Georgia Williams
Asheville, NC

We have contacted a couple in the state but are not satisfied that they are knowledgeable about what makes for energy efficiency and healthy built materials. The Pacific Northwest and New England seem to have a number of choices but I haven't seen any on the internet in our locale. How far is too far for transporting a modular house of modest size? (We are not interested in tiny or wee houses - need a bit more than that).

Answer

Jim Kirby

Answered by Jim Kirby

Mint Hill, NC

GREENTHINC., PLLC

November 7, 2011

I've found limited information available on clearly defined 'green' modular home construction in the Asheville area. I have listed relevant information below but think that a follow up with these folks will be needed to ensure that they meet 'green' modular construction needs.

Modular has some inherently green qualities

By the nature of modular construction there are inherent 'green' qualities such as resource and waste management due to the controlled environment as compared to the traditional method of stick built homes.

  • The issue of adhesives, sealants and corresponding material air quality emissions is of special concern for modular construction, i.e. New Orleans (Katrina) temporary housing formaldehyde offgasing.
  • This needs to be investigated thoroughly for low-VOC material availability.

Modular in North Carolina

I did find Classic Carolina Homes in Mooresville, NC which is about a two hour car drive from Asheville, NC. I don't know them in depth but they do present well on green information for their product.

Energy Star also has a program for modular. Here's a list of companies local to Asheville that have participated in varying degrees. This is directly from the Research Alliance website so it is a good start on finding the right solution.

Builders Participating in the ENERGY STAR® Program for Modular Homes

Advantage Development*
91 Distant View Dr.
Asheville, NC 28803

Abode Contractors LLC
1589 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

Brigman Custom Builders*
5 Williamette Circle
Weaverville, NC 28787

Innovative Home Building Systems
414 Dellwood Rd.
Waynesville, NC 28786

Lyons Construction and Realty, Inc.*
452-9 Sunset Dr.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Select Homes, Inc.*
175 NC Hwy. 49 S
Asheboro,NC 27205

Homes by Vanderbuilt*
3300 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Sanford, NC 27332

Future Homes, Inc.*
1075 Freedom Way
Hubert, NC 28539

 

* These Builders have met the "first two homes tested" requirement. All other Builders listed below have demonstrated their intent to participate in the ENERGY STAR program for modular homes by completing the field testing requirement for at least one modular ENERGY STAR home.

 

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