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New World Home Constructs The First ’Green’ Modular Home In The Hamptons

Originally Posted: January 15, 2010

Aaron Boyd

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Director of Development and Construction Howie Berman showing one of the contact points for the completed modular home. (Aaron Boyd)

East Hampton - New World Home erected the first LEED certified "green" modular home in the Hamptons this week, piecing together the six-part house on Hunting Avenue in East Hampton in a matter of hours.

Dubrow Enterprises is the local contractor managing all on site work and finishing all of the details on the house not completed by New World Home. According to Justin Dubrow "We were hired as the local contractors to manage all of the on site work associated with building this green modular house. It's great to be working with New World Home on this project and this house is proving that 'green' doesn't have to be expensive. It opens up a whole new market for Dubrow by providing a green home at a price point that we haven't been able achieve before as a custom home builder."

The home was split into six separate pieces, the four corners of the building and two roof sections, were brought in from Windgate, PA. The home was built with a "whole-systems approach," according to New World Home's Marketing Manager Alexis Karetzky, "It was reverse engineered with a green perspective in mind."

While the home does not sport any renewable energy sources - solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heating - tight construction and assembly and extra doses of insulation heighten thermal efficiency. Combined with low-flow water fixtures, the pre-fabricated home boasts 50 percent energy efficiency savings. "The insulation quality and the tightness of the home" is what makes it green, Vice-President of Marketing Michael Villane explained, combined with the use of non-chemically treated wood, and less of it than the average home.

"Using a special pre-cast foundation we were able to set the six pieces of the house on top of the foundation two weeks after it was in place, which provides a signifiacnt time savings over poured concrete" Dubrow further elaborated.

Before the final trim work locks the house together, the construction crews will blow extra insulation into the seams to ensure nothing seeps out. It will be a few more weeks before the crews begin furnishing the inside of the house and prepare it for habitation, however workers noted that the foundation was dug and poured at the same time as another home being built ground-up down the street, which is still just a foundation.

Modular homes offer cost and time efficiency, needing less materials and man-hours to construct. The average cost for a house built by New World Home is between $150 and $200 a square foot, though with customizations and a prime location in East Hampton Village, the cost of the Hunting Avenue home is in the area of $205 per square foot. For the Hamptons, the cost is competitive, especially when it comes to custom dwellings.

The three bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home is "traditionally inspired," according to Howie Berman, director of development and construction, setting it apart from other modular home constructions that tend to follow a more modern-style. "Our goal was to merge traditional style with green," Karetzky added.

Guest (Guest) from FLORIDA says::
Is there any update on these modular homes? All information seems to come from 2008. It would be nice to find out what the owners of these homes think about them, after living in them
Aug 21, 2010 6:45 pm

Guest (Judy McDowell) from East Hampton says::
Very cool. Great to know about. I guess we'll be seeing a lot more of these.
Jan 20, 2010 11:02 pm


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