LEED Platinum Home Takes Modular To Green Limit

Homebuyers now have the option to build a prefabricated, modular home anywhere in the country that has been LEED-Platinum certified by the United States Green Building Council. Greenfab’s 1300 Series home, as put together in the Jackson Place neighborhood in Seattle, is said to be the first of its kind to be awarded the certification in the state of Washington.

The 1,870-square-foot, three bedroom home includes a number of energy saving features, including Energy Star appliances, high-insulation windows and walls and a backup radiant electric heat. A digital monitoring system is also included and provides residents real-time information about energy and water use. The roof has also been outfitted with wiring that can be used to easily install solar panels.

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Water conservation is a key feature of the home, which includes three 300-gallon storage basins that filter and treat graywater from showers, bathroom sinks and the washing machine. A rain garden uses overflow from the graywater treatment system by infiltration to recharge ground water. A 1,400-gallon above-ground water storage cistern captures rainwater for on-site irrigation and toilet flushing. And, low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush toilets contribute to a significant reduction in water usage.

“Our goal is to offer healthy, sustainable homes in a wide enough range of prices so that as many people as possible can afford them,” says Greenfab founder Johnny Hartsfield. “Right now, there aren’t a lot of moderately‐priced green options for people, and everyone deserves to live in a healthy home.”

The 1,320-square-foot Greenfab 1300 is now available to homebuyers nationwide from Greenfab at a starting price of $112,200 ($85 square foot). Upgrades include a full basement with a garage, bathroom and flex-room that can be added to increase the home to 1,870 square feet.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.