Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nexus EnergyHomes Hits the Green Road Out of Town

Touted by green tree hugging websites as well as the NAHB and the Governor of Maryland as the best thing to happen in green construction, Nexus EnergyHomes has been served eviction papers and told to leave their Frederick, MD offices. 

Eviction Notice Served on Nexus EnergyHomes in Frederick, MD

The dust has settled in North Pointe in Frederick, MD.

In the unfinished neighborhood in downtown Frederick, silence has replaced the beeping of backhoes and the knocking of nails. Nexus owes the Housing Authority about $300,000 for money offered to construct homes, Ashkenazi said. The authority is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As new residents wait to hear what’s next, the empty lots and poured foundations next to their homes serve as constant reminders of a builder’s broken “green” promise.

Now a modular home builder with years of experience building High Performance homes in Maryland may be stepping in to help some of the home owners.

1 comment:

Harris - Finish Werks said...

I don't care what anybody says (and many "experts" say otherwise) green building that includes renewable power generation (solar PV), geothermal heat pumps, and Smart Home networks that "talk" to your iPhone cost MORE MONEY.

This was Nexus' model. The difference is that their theoretical designs didn't pan out in the field where it matters. Their exotic designs, while well thought out, were too expensive. And I also heard about the dismal project management that was reported in the local paper.

Don't get me wrong: I am a fan of green/high-performance construction. I am upset that they couldn't execute on a great idea and a lot of subs and owners got stung badly. It retards forward progress that we sorely need in the U.S. and gives the rest of us "tree huggers" (yeah, right) a black eye.

And yet we have a silver lining: one more reason to go MODULAR. Two of reasons they were unable to execute were lack of cost controls and cash flow. Both of these are far better managed when using just ONE supplier that builds the majority of the home. Better production control. One check to write.

We took a home and a church from PBS Modular and ICON Legacy recently, both with 2x8 walls (24 OC) with R-30 Roxul (stone wool) insulation. The house also had R-4 foam board insulation under the siding. It scored a very low HERS 54 with no geothermal heat pump and no solar power. Had we spent $300 more on a heatpump-type water heater it would have been a HERS46. Our "super wall" was very cost effective (both factories charged by the linear foot) and the house positively kicks ass. The owner keeps commenting on how long it holds heat.

Gotta Luv Modular