Thursday, January 17, 2013

Greenfab Struts Their LEED Stuff at IBS

During the 2013 International Builders’ Show (IBS), Jan. 22-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Greenfab, a Seattle homebuilder, will showcase two modular homes.  In 2012, Greenfab built the first LEED Platinum Modular Home in the state of Washington.

The reputation of Greenfab earned an invitation to build these homes, which will be displayed in the Show Village, sponsored by Professional Builder Magazine.  Only three homes will be constructed in their entirety and on display at this show, which attracts more than 50,000 industry professionals.  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) sponsors IBS, the largest residential construction trade show in the world.

Modular construction, often mistaken for mobile or manufactured housing by the uninitiated, is hitting a tremendous growth spurt.  Consumers are becoming more aware of the efficiencies in material use, time savings, and increased quality control that are inherent in modular-home building. 

A complaint often heard about modular construction is that consumers are given limited options.  Greenfab shatters this myth with its methods and business model.  “Many prefab companies won’t build a custom home. But technology, engineering, and architectural understanding of modular construction procedures have progressed to the point that we can design and engineer a custom modular home as easily and inexpensively as we could if the home was stick-built,” says Swen Grau.

Greenfab’s homes at IBS will target LEED for Homes Platinum Rating. Yet these models don’t skimp on luxury to save on electricity. Johnny Hartsfield, the Founding Partner at Greenfab, says that “with a remote- controlled five-head shower in Greenfab’s 2100 Series home, indoor/outdoor fireplace in Greenfab’s 2300 Series home, and the best in HVAC equipment for indoor temperature and air-quality control, we’re showing the world that living in a green home can offer the best in living amenities.”

Greenfab’s homes will be constructed in their entirety and open for viewing in the outdoor Show Village at 2013 IBS. “We don’t want to leave anything to the imagination,” adds Johnny. “These homes will be completely livable when they are in constructed in Las Vegas. Attendees will get a life-size experience as to what it would be like to live in one of our homes. Most visitors won’t even realize they are walking through a modular home. The difference is indiscernible.” 

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