Thursday, April 19, 2012

What’s So Green about Modular Homes?

In a world where the economy and the environment are competing for attention, modular homes make good sense. Why? For one thing, NJ modular builders
are frugal with wood, and put wasted materials to good use. Wood, sheetrock and metal scraps are repurposed or recycled—even down to the sawdust generated during construction. Even stick-builders are learning from their modular competitors. According to Sami Yassa, director of the National Resources Defense Council’s forest initiative, “There has been a very positive change in the last 15 years in using less wood in homes generally, and modular construction has contributed to that change.”

In addition to a measurable reduction in materials waste, NJ modular homes are inherently more eco-friendly—since they are built with ultra-precision inside a controlled factory. The result? Tight, well-engineered construction that saves energy and decreases indoor air pollution.

Perhaps most importantly, Jersey Shore modular homes are an affordable way to go green. While many other green technologies exceed the budget of most families, modular homes cost 5 to 20 percent less than traditional construction. This cost reduction is due to shorter construction times, less materials waste—and fewer lost work hours due to weather changes and subcontractor no-shows.  

Reputable NJ modular builders can help homeowners put this savings to good use, as well, since they are versed in sustainable, LEED-certified finishing options. Design choices like reclaimed wood flooring, solar panels and energy-efficient windows become more affordable when building costs aren’t prohibitive.

Modular homes represented 5 percent of new construction in 2010, and environmental advocates believe that number will grow significantly over the next decade. And, because of its budget-friendly, green approach, schools and multi-family residences across the U.S. are beginning to embrace the modular revolution, too.  

When it’s time to build your sustainable, cost-efficient dream home, Miller Homes can help. To schedule a consultation with our team of Jersey Shore modular builders, call 609-296-0052 or email