Thursday, September 18, 2008

Home, green home

Sep 4th 2008 - From The Economist print edition

...Indeed, a green-home boom is getting under way, thanks to rising energy prices, new standards (the European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Britain’s Code for Sustainable Homes and California’s Green Building Standards Code, to name three recent examples), and improved technologies. Many of these technologies have been around for a while, but they are now ready for the mainstream. In 2007 McGraw Hill Construction, a research firm, reported that 40% of all renovation in America included some green features, mostly windows and heating/cooling systems. The company predicts green homes will account for 10% of all building starts in America by 2010, with new green homes worth $20 billion in that year. When housing arises from its torpor, it could find itself transformed.

Greenery can be hard to define, so the emergence of credible certifiers is clarifying things. The most stringent form of certification is the German Passivhaus standard, which applies to buildings that reduce their energy requirements so dramatically—by 90% compared with standard construction—that they can forgo heating and cooling systems. In 2007 the United States Green Building Council released a version of its LEED green-building standard that applies to homes...

...And for more than a decade, America’s Environmental Protection Agency has offered Energy Star for Homes, a label indicating specific features meant to reduce energy use.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tell Us What You Think...

Modus Development has quickly built a great reputation for building state-of-the-art, green urban homes in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, but we couldn't have done it without you! Are strongest supporter is the consumer who cares about the environment around you and that's NOT just from an eco-friendly impact by using green products and technologies but also how your crib looks, fits into it's environment and builds equity for your future.

You recognize that it's okay to have your cake and eat it to! In other words, you walk the walk by combining green, looks and value into one package. You understand that you don't have to live in a tree house to help the environment and we know that we can ask you for your input on what we are doing now and what we plan in the future!

This site is for you, the hip urban and green consumer to tell us "what up" when it comes to what you like and don't like in the homes you want to buy and live in and this site is for you to tell us like it is!

Watch this site for articles and updates about the places we're building in Arizona and asking you for your honest comments and suggestions!

Thanks again for your [sometimes] painfully honest but always welcome comments and insight!