USGBC Awards Greenfab Homes LEED® Platinum Certification
March, 1, 2012 – (Seattle, WA) Today, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification by USGBC for achievement in green homebuilding and design. LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.
Greenfab's modular home is the first to be certified LEED Platinum in the State of Washington. The home is part of Greenfab's 1300 Series now available nationwide at Greenfab.com. Green, modular homes may have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives. Greenfab's homes are not only healthier and stronger but are also completed 50% faster then traditional homes built on-site. Through their commitment to green homebuilding, Greenfab is helping to keep homeownership affordable.
"Our goal is to offer healthy, sustainable homes in a wide enough range of prices so that as many people as possible can afford them," says Greenfab founder Johnny Hartsfield. "Right now, there aren't a lot of moderately‐priced green options for people, and everyone deserves to live in a healthy home."
Specific information about the home Located in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle, the 1,870 sqaure foot Greenfab home consists of three bedrooms and focuses heavily on reducing energy use by incorporating double-glazed windows with a U-value of .35, Energy Star rated appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater. A digital monitoring system collects and measures realtime data about weather, energy and water use, and provides constant feedback to troubleshoot and monitor performance through an interactive iPad/iPhone based application. R-26 exterior walls, which are 35 percent better than code (R-17). Necessary wiring for solar panels in the roof has also been installed and approved for future use.
Water conservation strategies include a series of three, 300 gallon storage basins that filter and treat grey water from showers, bathroom sinks and the washing machine. A rain garden infiltrates overflow from the grey water treatment system to recharge ground water. A 1,400 gallon above ground water storage cistern captures rainwater for on-site irrigation and toilet flushing. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush toilets contribute to a significant reduction in water usage.
Clean indoor air circulates throughout because all of materials used to construct the home were stored and assembled in a controlled factory environment, meaning that there is no risk of mold or mildew, which can happen during traditional construction when building materials are stored outdoors and susceptible to rain and damp weather. The indoor setting also prevents dust and dirt from contaminating ductwork, which can cause long-term adverse indoor air quality problems. All materials, including paints, finishes and adhesives are low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds), and formaldehyde-free.
As part of Greenfab's® 1300 Series, this home is now available to homebuyers nationwide through Greenfab's website at a starting price of $112,200 ($85 square foot). Upgrades include a full basement with a garage, bathroom and flex-room that can be added to increase the home to 1,870 square feet.
Founded in January 2009, Greenfab sells green, prefabricated homes at an affordable starting price with a personalized, turn-key service that takes the headache out of building a new home. Greenfab realizes that many families have needs that are in conflict with limited budgets, health problems and environmental concerns and exists today to provide a solution to these problems. For more information, visit Greenfab.com.
About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education.
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