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High Performance Modular Housing for Vermonters: Net-Zero Ready for the 21st Century

My summer internship experience at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

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High Performance Modular Housing for Vermonters: Net-Zero Ready for the 21st Century

  1. 1. Why I Came to VEIC?
  2. 2. 2014 Summer In Shanghai, China: Worked on North America’s Largest Outsourced Housing Project
  3. 3. High Performance Modular Home Project Jonathan DeLaBruere
  4. 4. …60% of all new homes in Vermont to ENERGY STAR standards or Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Code Plus and broader market penetration of net- zero energy buildings, with a goal of having 30% built to net-zero design standards by 2020 as an interim target on the way to 100% net-zero buildings by 2030. Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan
  5. 5. We Have A Problem “The Awful Odyssey of FEMA’s Hurricane Katrina Trailers . . . spending $2.7 billion on 145,000 trailers and mobile homes . . . Even worse, an estimated 42% of them emitted toxic levels of formaldehyde.” 06/06/27/washington/27kat rina.html?_r=0
  6. 6. Hurricane Irene Hits Close To Home
  7. 7. Problems With Traditional Mobile Homes • Depreciating Value • High Interest Rates • Short Term Mortgages • High Energy Costs • Unhealthy Air • Cheap (Price/Quality) Construction Materials
  8. 8. Percentage of Vermont housing market we were initially targeting 7.7%
  9. 9. Vermont Housing Statistics ensus/historic/units.html 1, Detached 1, Attached 2 to 4 5 or more Mobile Home Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent 193,229 65.6% 10,080 3.4% 39,955 13.6% 27,813 9.4% 22,631 7.7%
  10. 10. Meet the Team
  11. 11. Organizations Solve the Problem
  12. 12. VERMOD: High Performance Homes for the 21st Century
  13. 13. CERV: Conditioning Energy Recovery Ventilator • Fresh Air Ventilation • Conditioned Recirculation • Energy Recovery • Monitoring
  14. 14. Mitsubishi Electric Mini Split Air Source Heat Pump Indoor Unit uses refrigerant to cool or heat air where needed. Outdoor Unit has an inverter- driven heat pump that cools or warms refrigerant and sends it inside to an air handler through small lines.
  15. 15. Exterior Envelope (Framing, Insulation, Windows)
  16. 16. Quality Materials Make a Quality Environment Triple Pane Windows Thick Walls
  17. 17. 6kW Photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof makes these homes net zero
  18. 18. Financing Options • Efficiency Vermont Incentive ($8,500) • USDA Rural Development Loan ($0 down payment @ 3.25% for 30 years) • Manufactured Housing Down Payment Loan Program ($35,000 @ 0.00%) • Vermont State Employees Credit Union VERMOD Loan ($2,500 down payment)
  19. 19. Financing Options
  20. 20. But which way do we take this from here?
  21. 21. Open House Tours and Events Hosted 20 open houses Gave private tours upon request (XX) USDA Rural Development unveiled new 502 loan at the Shelburne model home Hosting event at factory in Wilder on September, 12
  22. 22. Contacting Mobile Home Park Owners • Letter went out to people listed on the 2014 Vermont Mobile Home Park Registry (177 Park Owners) • A follow-up phone call was then placed to answer any remaining questions
  23. 23. Marketing Efforts
  24. 24. Homeownership Center Process • Home buyer education is offered once a month in both Burlington and St. Albans • After Home Buyer and Counseling session are complete, buyer is eligible to apply for great financing options
  25. 25. Obstacles and Challenges • Deconstruction of old mobile homes • Finding vacant mobile home park lots or private land for sale • Homeownership Center Process • Marketing/Awareness
  26. 26. Suggestions Moving Forward • Need to keep only one copy of lead sheet and keep it updated daily • Price charts need to reflect modifications such as: • Deck/Handicap Ramp • Pitched roof • Garage • Alternative foundation
  27. 27. Come visit an open house located at 186 Shelburnewood Drive, Shelburne, Vermont Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-7 Saturdays 10-2 Questions?