Go Ultra-Green for Under $100K

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Targeting both Baby Boomer and Echo Boomer buyers looking for an affordable, green weekend retreat or detached home office, the Osprey features a contemporary, stylish design and is loaded with sustainable features that can take homeowners completely off the grid. A metal roof with integral solar panels provides supplemental power to the home, while advanced lighting controls, a highly insulate...

December 01, 2009
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The Osprey is part of Nationwide Custom Homes’ new ECO Cottages line of high-performance, green modular homes.

Targeting both Baby Boomer and Echo Boomer buyers looking for an affordable, green weekend retreat or detached home office, the Osprey features a contemporary, stylish design and is loaded with sustainable features that can take homeowners completely off the grid. A metal roof with integral solar panels provides supplemental power to the home, while advanced lighting controls, a highly insulated envelope and Energy Star appliances and light fixtures help keep energy use to a minimum. The model's high-efficiency HVAC system is completely self-contained (no installation required) and a generator is provided for backup power. Integrated wind power and solar hot water heating are optional for off-grid applications.

 

Bamboo flooring highlights the interior spaces, which are highly adaptable for a range of applications and configurations. One- and two-bedroom models are priced between $50,000 and $100,000.

Designed and built by Nationwide Custom Homes, a subsidiary of Palm Harbor Homes, the Osprey is part of the company's new ECO Cottages line of high-performance, green modular homes. Available in five designs (with several more in the works), the product line will be sold directly to consumers via a soon-to-be-launched Web site and promoted through strategic partnerships with consumer-targeted companies.

“By selling direct to the customer, we're able to keep prices down below $100,000,” says Andy Miller, president of Nationwide Custom Homes. “When you consider that kitchen remodels today cost as much as $80,000, it's an extremely affordable home that is also very modern and green.”

 

Statistics & Green Features

Statistics

• 510 square feet

• 1 bedroom, 1 bath

Energy Efficiency & High Performance

• Energy Star-rated, low-e windows (U=0.29, SHGC=0.19)

• R-21 walls, R-19 floors, R-50 ceilings

• 15.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF variable refrigerant, ductless HVAC

• Energy Star-rated appliances

• Tankless water heater

• Extensive use of compact fluorescent lighting

• Expected to meet Builders' Challenge Standards

Indoor Air Quality & Noise Reduction

• VOC source control, including zero-VOC paint

• Outside air ventilation

• Duct system sealed with mastic and fiberglass mesh

• Air filtration and cleaning system

• Central vacuum system

Other Green Building Features

• Low-flow faucets and showerheads

• Termite- and weather-resistant siding

• Resource-efficient modular construction

• Expected to meet Bronze level in all sections except lot design, preparation and development per the new NAHB National Green Home Building program

• Non-HCFC refrigerant HVAC system

• Photovoltaic and solar hot water “ready”

• Designed for future expansion (modules can be added)

• Builder is a Building America partner and Builders Challenge participant

See the latest building products installed and in action from these premier sponsors:

Windows and patio doors: Andersen Windows and Doors

Insulation: BASF

Interior and exterior paint: BEHR

Metal roof: Custom-Bilt

Sheathing: Dow Building Solutions

Central vacuum system: Beam

Appliances: Gaggenau

Generator: Generac

Blowing agent: Honeywell

Bathtub: Lasco Bathware

Nails: Maze Nails

Cabinetry: Merillat

HVAC: Mitsubishi

Faucets and showerhead: Moen Inc.

Outdoor fireplace: Rinnai

Tankless water heater: Rinnai

Weather-resistant wood: Viance

Sewer systems: Environment One

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