This is an update to a prior article about Tierra del Sol, a community of 22 prefab, starter homes, located in Stockton, California.  Built in modules by California-based ZETA Communities, the homes in Tierra del Sol have three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,268 square feet.  They’re homes are also expected to use about 45% less energy each than a typical home.

Each prefab home will have a hybrid heat pump water heater, mini-split heating and cooling, CFL lighting, Energy Star appliances, recycled and renewable batt insulation, 2 x 6 wall construction, triple-pane windows, and an envelope with R22 floors, R26 walls, an R50 roof, and an exterior layer of R15 rigid foam.

Other green features include no-VOC paints, low-VOC finishes, no-added formaldehyde finishes, proper ventilation and circulation, cement-board siding, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

The solar-powered, Energy Star homes could help residents save up to $2,000 per year in energy costs.  Tierra del Sol is offered by developer Visionary Home Builders with the starting sales price of a home at $159,999 with a $30,000 GAP down-payment assistance loan from the County of San Joaquin.

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Credits: William Porter via ZETA.