Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Westchester Provides Homes for Martha's Vineyard Community

The recently completed Vineyard House Inc. sober living community has officially been awarded the highest possible rating of Platinum in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for homes program. The campus, which was completed in December of 2014 by Squash Meadow Construction Inc., Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, and Westchester Modular Homes Inc., Wingdale, New York, was certified through a rigorous rating process and achieved enough points to meet the threshold required for platinum certification.

Throughout the Vineyard House campus are drought-resistant turf and native plants. Buildings are finished with locally sourced siding and asphalt roof singles contain recycled content. Retaining walls are built with native stone, featuring an engineered drainage plan. All buildings contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior trim constructed of recycled content.

Vineyard House was founded in 1997 to provide a temporary home for alcohol/drug dependent persons primarily from the Martha’s Vineyard community who need a sober, stable and mutually supportive transitional environment in which to find health and independence.

According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), this is the first platinum certified project ever to be built in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. The USGBC was founded in 1993 and is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Modular homes are inherently energy-efficient. Westchester Modular Homes maximizes this efficiency:
R-19 wall and R-38 ceiling insulation and Andersen 400 Series Low E glass windows are standard in every home it manufactures. These homes feature deep 2 x 6 exterior wall framing that accepts more insulation, and reduced air-infiltration building techniques minimize hot or cold air loss, so energy-conscious owners pay less to heat their homes in winter and cool them in summer.

Modular homes are also “green” homes. Computer-aided precision construction in a climate-controlled factory reduces waste and eliminates mold and mildew problems. Individual modules are delivered to the building site with electrical and plumbing systems installed, and may be outfitted with kitchens and bathrooms. Because modular homes are about 80-percent complete when delivered, damage to the ecosystem at the job site is minimized.

1 comment:

Harris - Finish Werks said...

Just in case no one noticed, this "green" building, with R19 walls and R38 attic insulation, does not even meet minimum code in states that have adopted either IRC 2012 or IRC 2015.

And yet it reach LEED Platinum?

If this is true, it's another reason we and many other smaller builders have refused the USGBC koolaid. Frankly, if you focus on composting toilets and bicycle racks at the expense of real energy efficiency, there's little financial incentive. Energy reduction & savings are the best way for residential builders to penetrate and spread green building. Modular builders can eke out fatter margins because we already have a leg up on site builders.