Solar shades and modular homes are a good fit for saving energy

Mar 16 2011

Modular construction projects have doubled in the last decade.
Modular construction projects have doubled in the last decade.
The small, efficient style of modular housing isn't the only attraction for homeowners joining the growing numbers of modular homeowners.


According to GreenBuildingElements.com, "Modular homes are more than just compact; they are designed so that air circulates more easily, making the temperature easier to control. The homes are also built with materials that will keep them better insulated than standard homes."


Modular construction projects have more than doubled in the last decade. The components are built in a factory so weather doesn't delay construction, which saves on labor costs. Homeowners can customize their floor plans, but assembly of the home on-site is significantly faster than building a conventional home, the website reports.


Depending on location, ModularHomesNetwork.com estimates that modular homes cost $50 to $80 per square foot - not including the cost of property - compared to building costs for on-site housing construction of $80 to $150 per square foot.


Adding window treatments such as solar shades adds to the energy savings in a modular home. They maintain draft control at windows and help regulate the overall temperature of a room.
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