To achieve an Energy Star rating, a Modular Home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are a minimum of 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) <http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bldrs_lenders_raters.nh_IRC>. Typically they will include additional energy-saving features that can make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
With homebuyers increasingly interested in green building, the energy star program is a great place to start. At Southern New England Modular Homes, Inc. we recognize that fact and have implemented standards to ensure that each home we build is Energy Star ready. The following items are done on every Modular Home we build;
· All sheathing is properly sealed to the framing.
· Bottom plates of walls are sealed to the decking and top plates to the ceiling assembly.
· All mechanical penetrations are sealed.
· Additional ventilation fans installed as needed to create proper air exchange.
· Tub/showers located on exterior walls are constructed with a continuous air and thermal barrier.
· Fireplace chases are lined to maintain the thermal and air barrier.
· Closed cell foam insulation is utilized around all windows and exterior doors.
· Airtight (AT) cans are utilized for all recessed lighting.
· Ceiling and wall insulation levels are calculated to meet minimum as per Energy Star requirements per climate zone specifications.
· We use Low-E windows.
Note: Additional insulation may be required for certain climate zones. Consult your sales representative for additional information and charges that may apply.
While we endeavor to build our homes to the Energy Star standard, it is up to you and your customer to take the proper steps to have your home Energy Star qualified. This will require a number of additional steps including a final performance inspection by a certified Home Energy Rating (HERS) inspector. In most cases we can arrange for the inspector to complete your onsite inspection and testing. Below are some of the onsite requirements that you will need to consider;
· Insure that the gap between the boxes is properly insulated and air sealed during and after the set.
· Insulate the basement walls or floor as required.
· Utilize qualified heating and cooling equipment.
· Utilize Energy Star rated appliances and hot water heater.
· Investigate available cash and tax credit incentives through you local, state or federal agencies.
Additional information can be obtained from your sales represenative or by visiting www.energystar.gov <http://www.energystar.gov>
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Here's an interesting article regarding the use of flamable adhesives in new home construction. Ray Atkisson has addressed this issue and to the satisfaction of many building inspectors and fire Cheifs.
Mass. officials tour Paris home-building plant with eye toward fire safety
By Leslie H. Dixon, Staff Writer
Published on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:12 am |
PARIS — A Massachusetts fire chief who has spent the last several years trying to make modular building construction safer said Wednesday that KBS Building Systems is doing it right.
“KBS has taken a leadership role in responding,” said Acushnet, Mass., fire Chief Kevin Gallagher, who along with several other Massachusetts fire and building department officials arrived at the KBS headquarters on Route 26 to tour the factory and see the construction safety improvements. The problem, Gallagher said, is that modular construction standards allow the use of highly flammable polyurethane foam structural adhesive to affix ceilings and partition walls with no other mechanical support. The construction of the so-called “boxes” one on top of the other creates large void spaces. Both issues, he said, present extreme fire hazards to firefighters and modular home occupants.“Common sense is all it is,” KBS Building Systems General Manager Ray Atkisson said. KBS has voluntarily stopped using the glue and also modifies the large void spaces with fire retardant material, although no state laws prohibit what others are doing. The measures do not cost much and add to the safety of the KBS buildings, he said. “I feel now we're safer than a stick-built home,” Atkisson said. “We need everyone to do this.”
In the photo to the left the RC2 channel track which is discussed in the article regarding fire safety can be seen running left to right. Used in place of flamable foam glue this system provides strength, saftey and an excellent finished product. Southern New England Modular Homes is proud to be partnered with KBS and Ray to offer this new innovatiove idea in the modular industry. While comparing modular builders be sure to ask their drywall fastening system! Please keep us posted of your findings. Please feel free to drop a note or call for more information.
A word from Tom McQuaide regarding the financial advantages and control of modular construction.
"You and your KBS dealer must complete almost all of the planning steps before beginning any construction on your site or at our factory. That’s because KBS can’t begin construction without knowing what it’s going to build and how you want it built!. This forces you and your dealer to make final decisions about your home’s design and its building specifications down to the smallest of details. If you’re pressed for time when stick building, it’s very easy to start and postpone the meetings and decisions to a later date. The temptation is to think you and your builder can make things up as you go along. This is always a costly mistake for you the buyer. Change orders, time delays and cost overruns turn your project into a financial train wreck! That’s why the planning discipline imposed by modular construction is an advantage often overlooked. As most banks will tell you, poor planning almost always leads to cost overruns and construction delays.
With the price of fuel oil approaching $ 4.00 gal. now more than ever new home builders are looking to reduce consumption. The introduction of high efficiency boilers and increased R values has a lot of builders considering a energy star home. Here is a description of a few key components of the energy star system
The partition walls in most family homes are constructed of Drywall (Sheetrock/Gypsum Board) firmly attached to both sides of a wood or metal stud frame. When sound waves hit one side of the wall it causes the drywall on that side to vibrate. Since the drywall is rigidly connected to the stud frame, the vibration is transmitted right through the studwork to the drywall on the other side and re-radiated. Those same vibrations traveling through the studwork can also duct noise throughout adjacent floors and ceilings. Noise will radiate easily through the structure because there’s almost nothing there to isolate or absorb the sound waves. To reduce this effect and to dampen the sound waves, resilient metal channels can be inserted between one of the drywall walls and the studwork. The resilient channels act as shock absorbers, greatly reducing vibrations coming from either side of the wall from passing through the wall. Absorbent mat is used inside the wall to cushion the channel/drywall and to provide an absorbent compartment to trap sound waves.
This is another interesting advantage of our drywall installation using RC2 aluminum channel with screws: Sound Deadening! What a quiet home
In the photo below you can see the air gap created using the RC2 channel. This gap not only allows for a smooth seam free finish but also adds to the comfort of the home by providing a quiet sound softening enviroment!
Introducing Frame Saver which is now our new standard exterior door jamb. KBS Building Systems and Southern New England Modular Homes again takes the lead in moving the modular industry to cutting edge standard products.
Why use a FrameSaver door frame rather than wood? Frame saver door frames include a patented composite bottom that won't absorb water, warp, crack or rot and finishes and paints like wood. FrameSaver's finger jointed wood composite protects the base of the frame from moisture exposure, and thus prevents water from wicking into the wood. Rot never has a chance to begin. FrameSaver is so sure with it's product each frame comes with a fully transferable lifetime warranty.
Southern New England Modular Homes, Inc. is proud of our finish trim and here Andy shows why! The craftsmen at our Maine facility do it the old fashion way... by hand! Each piece enters our plant sealed and ready for either paint or stain finish. Before it enters the spray booth it is wiped clean of dust and particles, loaded onto the spray racks and enters for finishing. It is the details that this department exemplifies that produces the finest modular home on the market!
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