The demand for green homes is high, but (with a few notable exceptions) so are the costs associated with them. A company called Modular Lifestyles, Inc., wants to change that with an inexpensive manufactured home that taps the green market: the “Quest” Energy Efficient Home.
The thinking here apparently was to keep costs low not by focusing on green energy generation technologies (i.e., solar, wind), but on an area often overlooked in conventionally-built homes: energy efficiency. The Quest design is said to exceed conventional (Title 24) construction by almost 17%, is classified as “Energy Star” compliant and exceeds California UBC “Green” conventional building codes for single family residences. Other than energy efficiency, its main green feature is separate plumbing for a gray water system that can use household run-off water for landscape irrigation.
Like all factory-built modular homes, the Quest goes up quickly and cheaply, coming in with a low MSRP of $97,000. Unlike most modular homes, the Quest comes with a SureSafe housing foundation–sturdy enough, apparently to convince Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to pitch in on the financing.