Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Champion NET-ZERO Home Goes Up in New Jersey

Champion Home Builders opens zero-energy test home.
By Jennifer Goodman, Builderonline September 5, 2016
One of the country's largest modular home builders recently completed a net-zero demonstration home that will provide data over the next 18 months to encourage the development of more efficient, sustainable, and affordable housing.

The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program, with support from the Manufactured Housing Institute and the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA), was developed by a Building America project team led by The Levy Partnership, Inc. (TLP). The home, manufactured by Champion Home Builders, will be one of few to earn the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) designation, and the first to do so in a cold climate. DOE notes that the ZERH designation “represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.”

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Anonymous said...

This looks like it belongs in a mobile home park with other Champion doulbe wides.

Anonymous said...

Amusing comment missing the point and concept of promoting modular for net zero builds. Exteriors can be enhanced but the interior bones and structure are the important features demonstrating our potential value for the future.

We may have reasons for being critical of the manufactured producers but where can we find modular factories that are the innovators and on the cutting edge.

Anonymous said...

Yes, very amusing comment considering the person who commented obviously doesn't know the scope of the project with the DOE, just making rude comments. DOE didn't want any special exterior look added to the house for several reasons.

Harris - Finish Werks said...

Since we went all Energy Star in 2008 it has been like pushing a rope uphill with East Coast modular manufacturers. The constant drumbeat is that Builders don't want it. What they neglect to recognize is that consumers do, and if their factory won't offer or promote it, the builder won't ask for it either. In defense of east coast factories, they will build to our spec to achieve super low energy homes near HERS 40 on delivery. But you have to know what you're asking for, and then push your rep for solutions.

I met with Sam Rashkin (Chief Architect for the DOE ZERHomes Program) for 3 days this past February. He sees the benefits of modular construction, particularly from our production economies. He asked the same thing many of us do: "why aren't more people building modular??"