Modular design-builder New World Home has earned the first LEED Platinum rating in New York State for a prefabricated house. The 2400-square-foot house, in New World’s Carson style (pictured), was assembled in Jeffersonville, New York in upstate Sullivan County and is just the second LEED Platinum home in New York (after an affordable single-family house in Schenectady that we’ve not covered here at gbNYC copped the honor earlier this year).
The company’s designs aim to blend in with the local architectural vernacular by “converging traditional design with next generation green technologies and highly efficient modular manufacturing methods;” the Jeffersonville home is no exception. Its tight thermal envelope, though, should save 65 percent in energy consumption over a conventional house, according to the project’s LEED for Homes provider Steven Winter Associates. All of New World Home’s projects are built with FSC-certified lumber under a scant 60-90-day production schedule; other base green features include:
- Spray foam insulated walls and rafters creating an air-tight thermal envelope;
- Watersense fixtures, home-run plumbing and a tankless water heater that should reduce annual water usage by 40 percent;
- Low-E, argon-filled, dual pane, energy efficient windows that reduce air leakage
- Pre-cast, insulated, moisture resistant concrete foundation that reduces the potential for mold and mildew growth
- Advanced framing techniques to both reduce waste and thermal bridging energy loss;
- Maintenance-free fiber cement exterior siding (also flame and insect resistant);
- Non-Added Formaldehyde cabinets, floors and trim; and
- Energy Star-rated doors, windows, roof, ceiling fans and appliances.
Although the Jeffersonville house will include a 5 kilowatt solar array, New World has also received LEED Platinum for a second home in neighboring Youngsville which will not incorporate any renewable energy systems whatsoever. As New World’s President Mark Jupiter points out, this type of effort emphasizes that energy efficiency need not require costly geothermal or other similar systems if the core building product itself is constructed properly. You may recall that one of New World’s homes- purchased by a trademark attorney and assembled in Livingston Manor, New York- was recently featured in the New York Times; the company, which is based in New York, has other homes currently under construction in East Hampton, Millbrook and Cornwall and is actively seeking developers interested in creating entire subdivisions from its line of modular homes.