(PRWEB) August 14, 2013
Mifflinburg, PA: A recent independent study, conducted by Certified Energy Raters, LLC, showed that the average Ritz-Craft Energy Star labeled modular home built in 2012 exceeded standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All Energy Star® labeled homes are performance tested and must meet or exceed certain standards set by the EPA. Each home is given scores in two specific categories: a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score and a home air infiltration or air changes per hour (ACH) score. A home built to the minimum codes has a HERS score of 100 and the EPA considers a home with an ACH rating of 3.50 to have a tight envelope. Lower scores in each category indicate a higher level of energy efficiency in the home.
The average ACH for all Ritz-Craft Energy Star® labeled homes in 2012 was 2.82, which is approximately 19.5% better than what the EPA considers to be a home with a tight envelope and low air infiltration. The average HERS score for Ritz-Craft Energy Star® homes built in 2012 was 50, which is 50% more energy efficient than the minimum code built home.
“The energy efficiency of our modular homes is something that makes everyone here at Ritz-Craft extremely proud,” remarks Dave Lovell, Director of Sales. “Our Energy Star program allows new Ritz-Craft home owners to enjoy both higher levels of energy efficiency, and a higher resale value of their Energy Star labeled home.”
Ron Gaudet, owner of White Oak Modular Homes and an authorized Ritz-Craft home builder in Connecticut, has developed a subdivision where only energy efficient/green homes can be built. Gaudet has combined the factory-delivered efficiency of Ritz-Craft modular homes, with additional green products, to produce the ultimate in sustainable structures. Gaudet himself elaborates:
“Every Ritz-Craft home that I build receives additional features such as solar panels and geo-thermal heating systems. Ritz-Craft has continued to provide me with the highest quality product when it comes to overall construction and innate energy efficiency. By combining system-built construction methods with on-site green additions, home buyers can achieve the energy savings they desire in a fast and efficient manner.”
In addition to Energy Star® labeled homes, it is important to note that system-built housing techniques ensure that all Ritz-Craft modular homes are inherently green. Since Ritz-Craft has the ability to construct homes indoors, the wood used to build a Ritz-Craft modular home is not subjected to changes in weather. This results in true and straight walls with less air infiltration where walls and floors meet. Furthermore, instead of being thrown away, extra pieces of wood and drywall are used to reinforce certain areas of every structure. What cannot be used is recycled, further reducing the environmental impact of the construction process.
Ritz-Craft Corporation is a privately held, vertically integrated company headquartered in Mifflinburg PA. With its roots in residential home building dating back to 1954, Ritz-Craft Corporation has risen to be an industry leader in the system-built housing industry. The company has additional production facilities in Michigan and North Carolina and distributes modular homes to over 30 states and into Ontario, Canada.
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