|Re: Modular housing, architects and green building||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: juniperjojo (juniperjojoaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 06:21:35 -0700 (PDT)|
Just wanted to echo what others said about prefab not being independent from using the services of an architect. In fact, I would *highly* recommend finding a local architect who is excited about the idea of designing modular homes for you. Having an architect involved can save you a lot of money. Siting the project properly for solar gain and so forth is something the modular home people won't do; you will also need local contractors to help "button up" the buildings on site, pour the basements, sidewalks, driveways, garages, etc. Also -- remember that one of the "greenest" things you can do, building-wise, is to build row houses instead of stand-alone houses. The energy savings that comes from having insulated buildings on either side of you instead of ambient air is enormous; typical homes have R=13 to 15 or R=19 to 21 walls, whereas sharing walls with your neighbors gives you R=infinity, and costs virtually nothing. Jenny Cook Great Oak Cohousing Ann Arbor, MI ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.
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