Thursday, January 30, 2020

VERMOD, the Vermont Net-Zero Modular Factory Hits Milestone

VERMOD, located in Wilder, Vermont is putting the final touches on its 100th home.

After Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont in 2011, it was determined about 130 mobile homes were destroyed and more than 400 were damaged. During the aftermath, state and local officials recommended several proposals to assist Vermont mobile homeowners.

Cities and towns were asked to update their emergency plans to include mobile home areas. A loan program was established for Vermonters to obtain affordable financing to buy a mobile home.

One of the more ambitious plans was when several non-profit organizations teamed up to create the Modular Housing Innovation Project in 2013. It was a pilot program to construct 10 well-insulated and energy efficient modular homes to replace mobile homes.

Leading the effort was Steven Davis, Vermod owner, a local builder with an energy-efficient construction background.“The pilot program moved along very quickly. The concept of replacing traditional mobile homes with energy efficient modular homes really appealed to people. It all took off without doing any real advertising. So much was word of mouth,” said Kristen Connors, Vermod General Manager and Davis’ niece.

As a result of the pilot program’s success Vermod was born. The company set up shop in an old maintenance garage on Maple Street in Wilder, a village in Windsor County just north of White River Jct on the Connecticut River.

Vermod quickly outgrew that space and moved to its current location on Route 5 in 2015.

The company along with its 16 employees builds a variety of modular homes. They range in size from 14 feet by 40 feet to 14 feet by 72 feet and can be built wider should the owner choose.

The company works to provide net-zero ready homes by densely packing each home with insulation, mounting solar panels on the roofs and installing efficient heat pumps.

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1 comment:

IL said...

I met Steven at a conference in Scottsdale recently and had the pleasure of speaking with him for about a half hour on the final day when the crowd had dispersed. Steven knows a lot about the science of building homes, and we are wishing great success to Steven and his team at Vermod.