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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 5/9/2021

Prefabricated homes come with many advantages. They require less time and less labor than traditional building process and still allow you to own your own home with a much smaller budget. Sustainability is another key factor discussed among builders and buyers alike. Builders promote prefabricated homes as being eco-friendly and efficient options for homeowners, but it isn’t always clear exactly how they fit that criteria. Here we will go over some key reasons that prefab homes can be more sustainable than other homes.

Less Waste

Prefabricated homes are extremely resource-efficient when compared to traditional construction. The various pieces of a prefab home are built in factories rather than assembled at the build site, typically using modern assembly-line processes. Specialized technicians and craftspeople oversee and manage the construction in a quality-controlled environment. Everything built in these facilities is subject to strict manufacturing codes and guidelines to ensure the best possible quality and safety. This means less waste from damaged or unused materials because of production errors or transportation issues. Putting the structures together on the foundation also requires very little additional resource usage when compared to traditional building techniques that require extensive temporary support structures.

Prefab homes can reduce waste of material but also waste of time. One of the most attractive features of a prefab home is how quickly it can be assembled—sometimes within a single week. Even though the parts need to be delivered to the building site, a single entity and team of professionals coordinate every part of the process. There are fewer risks related to labor issues, transportation delays and other logistical time-wasters. They spend less time building the house and more time on perfecting the production techniques and efficiency.

Energy Efficient

Prefab homes are energy efficient for several reasons. The uniformity and efficiency of the manufacturing and building processes means better quality control over things like insulation and weather sealing. Building seams are tight and secure because they build the components to be the correct size and shape every time. When connected to an electrical grid, a prefab home will help you save money on heating and cooling by keeping the indoor environment indoors. Modern insulation and windows are included standard and low-energy lighting is a common upgrade option. Some homes are even self-sufficient and use state-of-the-art solar panels which can allow you to live “off the grid” in some situations.

The house itself is not the only energy-efficient aspect to prefab home building. The streamlined nature of the process—from manufacturing facility to your foundation—reduces emissions and resource consumption by cutting down the required transportation. Builders do not have to ship materials all over the continent or overseas in order to build your home. Quicker construction means fewer trips back and forth for the crew. These factors combine for a low carbon footprint when compared to traditional building methods.

Sustainable Materials

Finally, it’s very common for prefabricated homes to use sustainable building materials. Builders have more options than ever for recycled and environmentally friendly materials for every part of the build. These materials include things like sustainably harvested wood, recycled stone tile, bamboo and even walls made of mostly recycled paper. Paint and other products free of VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, cause less air pollution and help maintain a healthier environment.

All these reasons and more make prefab homes an excellent choice for somebody wanting to make eco-friendly decisions. If you’re looking to build a house with sustainability as your top priority, consider going for a prefab home.

Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/25/2021

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No matter which home renovation project is next on your to-do list, you may want to consider making changes to your plan in order to complete a more sustainable project. Eco-friendly home remodel projects allow you to get the look that you want and the functionality that you need while still protecting the environment.

Here are a few tips that you can consider if you want to complete an eco-friendly remodel:

Opt for Energy-Efficient Features

Regardless of which room you are renovating or which project you are pursuing, there are likely energy-efficient features that you can incorporate into your design. In the kitchen you may want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient appliances that will use less energy to operate and ultimately will reduce your utility bills. In the bathroom you may want to look into low-flow toilets and touchless sinks that can help prevent water waste in this high-traffic area. Other energy-efficient features that you should keep in mind include added insulation, solar technology and smart devices that can be automatically programmed to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.

Reuse Materials Whenever Possible

When completing a home renovation project, it can be tempting to buy everything new in order to get a fresh start. However, it is often more responsible to reuse materials. In many cases you can easily reface or repurpose an existing item because it is still in good condition. Some ideas for materials that you can reuse or repurpose include:

  • Cabinets - You can repaint or re-stain your cabinets rather than replace them entirely.
  • Hardwood Flooring - You can have your hardwood flooring repaired or refinished instead of installing new flooring.
  • Furniture - You can update your existing furniture in order to match your new room, rather than purchase new furniture. Cloth furniture can be reupholstered and wood furniture can be refinished.

Invest in Sustainably-Sourced Materials for Your Project

As you are compiling your material list for your next remodel project, you should consider sustainable alternatives that may be available. For example, you can purchase wood for your project that comes from a local farm or was processed at a nearby facility. Shopping local reduces the need for transport, which has a significant impact on the environment. You also can consider purchasing organic products that were created with sustainability in mind.

Choose Low VOC Paints

Low VOC paints are the ideal option for you if you want to complete an eco-friendly home renovation. These paints are created and produced in a way that is less harmful to the environment. In addition, low VOC paints are practically odorless and healthier for everyone in the home as well. The best part is that you can choose a low VOC paint without sacrificing the color or finish that you prefer for your project.

When you plan a green home renovation project you can feel good not only about the results but also about the way in which the project was completed. Sometimes it is a series of small steps that make the biggest difference when it comes to protecting the environment and preserving the world for future generations.

Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 10/13/2019

When it comes to sustainable living and environmental conservation, everyone has a little part to play. With an eco-friendlier home, you can save water, save energy, save money and ultimately save the environment. All these without compromising beauty or quality. Here are a few ideas on making your home a little eco-friendlier that you may want to try out this year.

  1. Change the Lighting. Whenever possible, lower energy uses by using natural sunlight, especially during the day. Install skylights in rooms that have no windows so more sunlight gets in. Remember to turn off the lights as you exit a room. And for maximum impact, replace all electrical bulbs with LED lights. They use less energy than regular bulbs and also last longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  2. Use water efficient shower heads and faucets. They will save you a lot of money in both water and heating bills because they reduce the amount of hot water you will use every day. Limit the time you spend in the bath too. Use the shower every day and save the bathtub for when you really need it. You can also save water by fixing water leaks in pipes and faucets or appliances like the heater and washing machine as soon as you notice them.
  3. Update your electrical appliances to energy efficient models. Using old appliances in your home because they still work might not necessarily be saving money because the newer models of common appliances like dishwashers and microwave ovens are designed to use less energy. Larger appliances will help you save even more money.
  4. Save energy on your laundry. Do your laundry with cold water instead of hot water. Wait for a full load of clothes before you decide to use the washing machine to save on water and energy. Where possible such as during the summer months, skip the dryer and dry your clothes on a line outside. They dry just as well.
  5. Invest in solar panels. If it’s well within your budget, you might consider investing in solar panels. Although you may think the initial outlay a bit expensive, you will be able to save money in the long term and probably make some by generating electricity for others. Several local and state governments give credits for installing solar panels, find out if you are eligible from your neighborhood association.

Some eco-friendly ideas can significantly increase the value of your home. Talk to your real estate professional about the best options for your area and budget.