Country Living Magazine’s October issue highlights an eco-friendly, modular home constructed in just 60 days by New World Home. The home’s design is traditional and used a 19th century home as a model. The highly energy efficient home uses 50% less energy than the average home and their modular process allows them to use less wood in the building process.
The company believes that aesthetically pleasing design is an important part of being green because these structures will "withstand the test of time."
The home’s center hall provides great air flow throughout the home and two porches offer shade and cooling for the home. The house was positioned to maximize solar warmth in the winter. The siding is Hardiplank, which contains recycled content and does not require painting for 50 years. The home features Benjamin Moore low-VOC paint, vintage pieces such as light fixtures and mantles, low- formaldehyde cabinets, low-emissions insulation with a high content of recycled glass, and locally harvested wood floors stained using formaldehyde-free DuroStain by AFM Safecoat.
While New World Home could certainly take the green to a higher level, this is a great start with designs that would appeal to the average homeowner at a reasonable price of $115-$180/square foot on average. And of course, if you want to work in more green elements, I’m sure the three owners, Mark Jupiter, Randy Florke, and Tyler Schmetterer (pictured below), would be happy to work on this with you. To see all of their home designs with floor plans visit New World Home’s website.