Thursday, July 13, 2017

VERMOD Homes Growth Linked to the Solid Design

Recently a new type of home was delivered to the North Avenue Co-op, a resident-owned manufactured home community in Burlington, VT. An alternative to manufactured housing, this modular home came from the VERMOD factory in Wilder, VT, where it was designed and built for maximum energy efficiency, affordability, durability, and health.

VERMOD is designing modular homes that can replace traditional mobile and manufactured homes, many of them over 30 years old, with net zero homes that even though the mortgage may be more than a manufactured home, the savings on energy bring the mortgage and energy bill to below what a typical manufactured home mortgage and energy bill is, making it more economical for the homeowner.

One surprise that VERMOD discovered was the untapped market of aging Boomers wanting this type of home when they downsized.

The new structure is a zero energy modular (ZEM) home. Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department are partnering to promote ZEM homes as an affordable and sustainable housing solution, with a special focus on mobile home replacement. The home will serve as a resource and educational tool for the North Avenue Co-op community to demonstrate the benefits and features of a ZEM home.

Mobile and manufactured homes are generally energy-inefficient and particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events. Vermonters living in mobile and manufactured homes spend 66 percent more of their income on energy than owners of stick-built homes. In 2011, mobile and manufactured homes represented seven percent of the state’s housing stock, a large portion of which were damaged or destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene.

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