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I own a construction company and we have begun construction on a green modular home. We will be going for a LEED rating on this house. There's some pretty cool technologies involved and I'll try to point them out as I update this thread. We are on a green building forum where we are running detailed blog about the project which you can read about here: ** Dubrow Enterprises - Green Modular Build Blog ** - Green Build Post Forum

Here's some pics of the progress so far. Today we just finished the footings which are crushed stone. We are using a pre-cast concrete foundation for this project and setting the foundation walls on Wednesday.
 

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Green buildings are the way of the future. Helps you become more self-sufficient and less-reliant on the grid. What are the plans for the roof? I've heard people say the color white is the best, surprised there isn't a paint on roof system that lasts as long as a tar and shingle roof?
 

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Green buildings are the way of the future. Helps you become more self-sufficient and less-reliant on the grid. What are the plans for the roof? I've heard people say the color white is the best, surprised there isn't a paint on roof system that lasts as long as a tar and shingle roof?
We are using CertainTeed Landmark Solaris shingles.


Landmark Solaris - Designer - Residential - Roofing - CertainTeed
"Landmark Solaris™ from CertainTeed Roofing is a brilliant energy-saving breakthrough that puts cool roof technology to work. Landmark Solaris is a steep-slope, solar reflective asphalt roofing shingle which contains advanced colored granules that reflect the suns rays and can reduce a roofs temperature by as much as 20% in the summer.

As an advanced hybrid roofing material, Landmark Solaris combines the traditional beauty of asphalt shingles with the ecological benefits of cool-roof technology. The result is a long-lasting ENERGY STAR® rated product.

Blending ecological technology and innovative performance, Landmark Solaris roofing is more durable than traditional shingles. The reflective technology reduces “thermal shock,” the expansion and contraction of exterior building materials.

Rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for cool roofs and meets the California Title 24 requirements for cool steep slope roofing
Solaris shingles may qualify for credits/points in LEED®, NAHB® and other "green" programs
All colors meet ENERGY STAR standards for solar reflectance and thermal emissivity

This roofing product qualifies for an energy tax credit of up to $1500 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, visit the CertainTeed Energy Tax Credit page."
 

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Subscribed. I represent Westinghouse Lighting Solutions for high bay fluorescents in warehouses and such. Look forward to learning more on the level of homes. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Cool beans, we also do green construction! Glad to see others on here and good luck with the project :)


I'm guessing this is still "on the grid" ?
 

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Cool beans, we also do green construction! Glad to see others on here and good luck with the project :)


I'm guessing this is still "on the grid" ?
It is still "on the grid", actually there are no renewable energy sources specified for this particular project yet. However there is a ton of green stuff and we are expecting a LEED Platinum rating. :wink:

I'll have pics of the precast foundation later today.....
 

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Those are some interesting shingles. You guys are on the forefront with this stuff. Pretty soon you will have a property that uses no "grid" except for maybe internet.
 

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Those are some interesting shingles. You guys are on the forefront with this stuff. Pretty soon you will have a property that uses no "grid" except for maybe internet.
I would love to do one totally off the grid. Unfortunately choices on this project aren't mine as this is being built for a client. But there are provisions in place to allow for solar panels if the client decides to add them in the future. I also found out they opted to save a little money on a few features and we won't be hitting LEED Platinum, but will probably end up Silver or Gold instead. Still a very green home and something to be proud of.
 

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LEED Platinum will be impressive, it's pretty difficult to attain unless the stars line up right. I've been studying on and off to take the AP test, you wouldn't believe how indepth it gets with this stuff.

I take it you're sourcing as much local material as humanly possible?

Have you guys looked into the solar roof tiles at all? They are fairly new on the market out here.

btw, are you guys allowed to be totally "off grid" in the literal sense?
 

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LEED Platinum will be impressive, it's pretty difficult to attain unless the stars line up right. I've been studying on and off to take the AP test, you wouldn't believe how indepth it gets with this stuff.

I take it you're sourcing as much local material as humanly possible?

Have you guys looked into the solar roof tiles at all? They are fairly new on the market out here.

btw, are you guys allowed to be totally "off grid" in the literal sense?
The LEED AP test is hard, I took it and passed it last spring. We have awesome site selection points on this project, but the client is looking to save money right now and doesn't want to spend any extra for such things as rain water harvesting, or renewable energy sources.

I'm waiting for the modular home company to send me their marketing packet that outlines in detail all the specifics of what makes this home green, soon as I get it I'll post the details. My company was actually hired by the modular home company to be the local general contractors on this project.

The solar roof tiles are cool, I have seen them.
 

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Just stumbled upon this thread tonight and I am impressed.

I have a question; I have seen roof tiles that look like those Spanish tile roofs but actual section are solar panels but blend so well into the roof they are hardly detectible unless you really look for them.

Can you tell me more about them and if your company does such projects?
I will follow this thread as well as the thread on the green build forum as I am very interested in learning more about these types of construction projects as I want one built form myself one day in the near future.

Looks good so far!
 

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Just stumbled upon this thread tonight and I am impressed.

I have a question; I have seen roof tiles that look like those Spanish tile roofs but actual section are solar panels but blend so well into the roof they are hardly detectible unless you really look for them.

Can you tell me more about them and if your company does such projects?
I will follow this thread as well as the thread on the green build forum as I am very interested in learning more about these types of construction projects as I want one built form myself one day in the near future.

Looks good so far!

I'll keep this thread updated as well. We are expecting to set the house on January 13th.

I haven't used solar roof shingles yet, but I've been following the new products coming out. There are some really cool ones that actually take the place of asphalt shingles and blend right in.

I have installed more traditional solar panels and posted a thread on this forum. Check the embedded YouTube video of the electric meter literally running backwards http://www.luxury4play.com/construction/36203-gone-green-w-solar.html
 
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