Greenfab Takes Prefab to IBS Las Vegas

If you’re planning on the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, expect to see not one but two modular homes built by Greenfab, the builder behind this modular, LEED Platinum home.  The first home is a modified version of Greenfab’s 2100 Series home with 2,100 square feet, up to four bedrooms, and a master suite that opens to a large roof deck.

The second has a 2,300 square-foot plan with an outdoor deck for entertaining.  Both prefab homes will pursue LEED Platinum certification, according to Greenfab.

Some of the green features of a Greenfab home include high R-value insulation, windows that allow natural lighting, durable siding, energy-efficient lighting, Energy Star appliances, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, recycled-content materials, etc.

[+] More about the Greenfab modular homes going to IBS 2013.

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First Unity Prefab Assembled in Three Days

A couple months ago I mentioned the launch of Unity Homes, a new brand of prefab homes by Bensonwood, and this is the first Unity home.  It’s located in Brattleboro, Vermont and the on-site assembly took just three days — with a weather-tight shell in two days.  The Xyla plan has factory-built wall and roof panels that are wrapped and shipped vertically.  The walls are guided in place with a crane and anchored, and then the roof panels are set.  After that the crew works on taping seams, installing trim, and finishing the siding.  It’s quite the process!

[+] More about the first Unity Home in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Credits: Unity Homes.

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Prefab Eco-Friendly Tiny Studio in Austin

As a follow up to our recent article about prefabs and tiny houses by ClearSpace Homes, I want to share this 182-square foot studio already built by the company. It’s a showroom for ClearSpace Homes, outfitted with a concealed fastener steel siding, Hardie lap siding, zero-VOC paints, strand woven bamboo floors, soy-based spray foam insulation, white modified rubber roofing, LED lighting, CFL lights, and reclaimed wood detail. The studio, which costs about $28,500, includes a built in desk, microwave, fridge, and storage.

[+] More about ClearSpace prefab studios in Texas.

Credits: ClearSpace Homes.

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Reclaimed Wood with a Rainscreen Install

I’ve been following Matt Risinger’s blog for about a year, because he’s sharing great videos about high-performance homes in Austin, Texas.  Take this video about using old pine siding from a home built in 1935.  The siding is in a condition to be reclaimed because it’s had enough air to dry when wet over the years.  Now that it’s being re-used, Risinger shares the vented rainscreen he used to make sure the siding lasts another 80 years.

The home was first layered with DuPont DrainWrap, and then covered with a 1″ blanket of Dow Styrofoam extruded polystyrene.  Following that, Risinger put furring strips of polycarbonate plastic on studs to create about a 3/8″ air gap behind the siding.

At the end of the video, Risinger shares the final, painted wood siding, and it looks fantastic.  From what I can see, it looks like new wood and equally as neat as fiber-cement, which is commonly used today to achieve the same result.

[+] More building science videos from Matt Risinger.

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Micro Guest Cottage with a Green Roof

Continuing the theme of tiny structures this week, I think this office cottage on Bainbridge Island is just awesome.  The compact, 200-square foot space was designed by Russ Hamlet and built by Geoffrey Hobert for the Rolling Bay Land Co. and featured on the recent green home tours presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

The cottage was finished in 2009 and includes a murphy bed and composting toilet to accommodate guests, though the daily use is as an office for the Rolling Bay Land Co.

Finish materials include FSC-certified fir plywood, salvaged wood flooring, LED lights, denim insulation, corrugated metal siding, a green roof, rain barrels for rainwater collection, and a Stelpro convection wall heater.

[+] More about this office/guest cottage at Rolling Bay Land Co.

Credits: Studio Hamlet and Art Grice.

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Behind the Scenes at Sett Studio [Video]

I’ve seen a ton of interest in these panel-built structures by Sett Studio, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share a short video for your viewing pleasure.  In the video, these Austin-based builders share details of the construction, materials, and installation of a typical Sett Studio.  Mike Speciale of Sett Studio also talks about why they use SIP construction and how they’ve tweaked shou-sugi-ban to treat their siding.  For the pretty photos, check the original Sett and the twin Setts.

[+] More information about Sett Studio structures from Austin.

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Seattle Alley House Aims for LEED Platinum

This is Alley House 2, a modular prefab home aiming for LEED Platinum certification, located in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  We looked at the home during site assembly and note that it’s complete and listed for sale at the offering of $599,000.  The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage (that could be used as a workshop or converted to an ADU), and 1,687 square feet.

Alley House 2 was developed by Cascade Built, designed by David Foster Architects, and assembled by Method Homes.

The green home features advanced framing, ample natural light, a mini-split heat pump, on-demand hot water, WaterSense fixtures, low-VOC paints and finishes, strand bamboo flooring, rainscreen siding with fiber cement and cedar, pervious paving, drought-tolerant plantings, and a roof ready for vegetation and solar PV.

Alley House 2 is located at 216-B 26th Ave E, Seattle, Washington, 98112 and is currently listed under MLS# 264959.

[+] More about Alley House 2 from Cascade Built.

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Local Siding Contractor John Dudley Featured in MetroWest Daily News

(PRWEB) November 21, 2011

MetroWest Daily News recently interviewed John Dudley of United Home Experts about the ups and downs of working in the home improvement industry. John?s business began twelve years ago as an operation of painting contractors in Boston but soon expanded to include siding, windows and roofing services. John was also influential in introducing hardiplank siding to New England about ten years ago.

A member of the Ashland Planning Board and BNI Ashland, John was asked by reporters at MetroWest Daily News what advice he?d give to someone wanting to start a business. ?Work for someone in your industry to make sure you can see yourself in it for a while,? he replied. ?I remember reading The Millionaire Next Door and I still remember one of the common themes of the wealthy people that were studied being that a vast majority of them were in the same industry their entire working lives.?

MetroWest Daily News also asked John what he likes most and what he likes least about his work. ?Most?a staff of great people to work with and spend time with,? he answered. ?Least?the industry is filled with a lot of unprofessional, uninsured people that seem to undercut each other all the time and do substandard work.?

As the owner of a highly professional business delivering the best quality work, whether it?s replacement windows in Massachusetts or hardiplank siding in Rhode Island, working with businesses that do substandard work must be frustrating. John, however, will continue to be passionate about his industry.

About United Home Experts:

United Home Experts have been providing quality home services, including siding, roofing, windows and painting in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire for twelve years. Committed to excellent workmanship and customer follow-up, United Home Experts has built a reputation of providing outstanding and enthusiastic service to both homeowners and construction professionals at fair prices.

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Going for “Green” at the 2010 Olympics: CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding and ProRoc

Valley Forge, PA (PRWEB) February 12, 2010

CertainTeed recently teamed up with RDC Fine Homes of Whistler, British Columbia, to build the Whistler Vision Net Zero House. Showcasing the concept of being self-sufficient for all energy needs, the home was constructed along the 2010 Winter Olympics route to the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain venue. The home is a perfect fit for the spirit of the Olympics with medal aspirations of its own, as it hopes to achieve LEED

Blue Ribbon Roofing and Siding is First New Jersey Contractor in Its Trade to be Certified by National Housing Quality Program

Toms River, NJ (PRWEB) June 19, 2006

Blue Ribbon Roofing and Siding LLC today announced its certification through the NAHB Research Center’s prestigious National Housing Quality (NHQ) Certified Trade Contractor program. Blue Ribbon is the first New Jersey contractor specializing in roofing, siding, windows, and gutters to receive this coveted certification, which reflects the highest levels of quality assurance and workmanship – and is now the nation’s first and only NHQ Certified siding and gutters company.

“Today, every contractor says that they provide quality service to their customers, but when trade contractors who carry the NHQ Certified seal are used, you can expect greater customer satisfaction,” said Frank Alexander, NHQ programs director at the NAHB Research Center. “We applaud Blue Ribbon for leading its trade in quality assurance and customer satisfaction, and we will continue to work closely with contractors to raise the professionalism in the industry across the nation.”

The NAHB Research Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provides independent, third-party evaluations of participating contractors as part of the certification program. To achieve certification, the contractor must develop, document, implement, and maintain a quality management system that enables them to consistently meet code and regulatory requirements, builder specifications, and homeowner expectations. After at least three months of operating under their quality system, participating companies may apply for certification through the NAHB Research Center. Each company must then pass a rigorous certification audit, and sustain their certification status through annual audits.

The purpose of the audit is to ensure that the company is meeting all of the certification requirements, and to verify that the contractor is conducting their operations in accordance with their documented procedures. Audits include an examination of the company’s records and procedures in the office and on the jobsite. Earning certification and displaying the NHQ Certified Trade Contractor program’s seal demonstrates a company’s ongoing and proactive commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

“Blue Ribbon has long been committed to job-site safety and top-quality craftsmanship for both builder and homeowner customers alike,” said Scott Lenahan, Vice President at Blue Ribbon. “We are very proud to have the endorsement of the NAHB Research Center as New Jersey’s first NHQ Certified Trade Contractor in our field. We plan to continue to raise the bar and set new standards for quality assurance throughout the state and Delaware Valley.”

“NHQ Certified trade contractors are truly committed to quality, and are leaders in their fields,” said NAHB Research Center president Michael Luzier. “Contractors involved in the program have noted that they have experienced a reduction in callbacks, and that it has increased their job satisfaction, and helped them take more pride in their work. Builders are wise to hire contractors participating in a program that is evaluated by a name they trust.”

For more information on the NHQ Certified Trade Contractor program, visit the NAHB Research Center online at or email

About Blue Ribbon Roofing and Siding

Family-owned and operated since 1985, Blue Ribbon Roofing and Siding delivers the very best in roofing, siding, window, and gutter installation throughout New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Blue Ribbon has divisions dedicated to new construction for builders as well as remodling projects for homeowners, all backed by the company’s master applicator certifications for the industry’s top exterior products, NAHB Research Center’s National Housing Quality (NHQ) certification, and its own safety and quality assurance programs. A mainstay on RSI Magazine’s Top 100 roofing and siding contractors list, Blue Ribbon is a trusted partner to top national and regional home builders, including K. Hovnanian Homes, Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, and more. For more information, visit or call (800) 786-1145.

All brands and names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective holders.

The NAHB Research Center, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., promotes innovation in housing technology to improve the durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Created over 40 years ago as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB Research Center has established itself as the source for reliable, objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. Through its various testing and certification services, the Research Center seal is internationally-recognized as a mark of product quality and an assurance of product performance. National Housing Quality is a trademark of NAHB Research Center, Inc.

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