Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems (manufacturer of Gen7 line of modular classrooms that we featured last year), plans to build an eco-friendly home and winery using what was learning developing Gen7.  The new project is destined for wine country in Lodi, California and the winery, shown above, will be powered by solar panels and covered in reclaimed wood siding.

The two-phase construction plan starts with 3,000 square-foot winery called River Vine and ends with a single-family home designed in partnership with Marmol Radziner.  The owner is seeking LEED Gold certification for both.

River Vine was built by AMS and set on Sarich’s 50-acre property in Lodi last week.  It has roof-mounted solar panels, a tight building envelope, R50 roof and wall recycled blue jean insulation, LED lighting, natural daylight harvesting, low- and no-VOC paints and finishes, and a cladding of 150-year-old reclaimed oak barn wood.

Phase 2, the home, will also be built by AMS and features a custom design by Sarich, AMS, and Marmol Radziner.  It will be installed this fall so that the entire project can be completed by the end of the year.

Speaking of the green project, Sarich said, “We learned a tremendous amount about sustainable design when developing Gen7 … I want to apply what we’ve learned to my own home, creating an eco-friendly winery and living space that can be an inspiration to others.“  I’ll post updates as they come.

Credit: American Modular Systems.