Energy Efficient Modular Construction Cools the High Cost of Summer

Douglas Cutler, principal architect at Modular Architecture in Wilton, CT has re
leased a new guide regarding energy efficiency advantages in modular home constr
uction. Doug Cutler makes an argument as to why professionals should be engaged
to create plans that include the implementation of home systems such as foundati
ons, decks, garages and detailed feature elements such as built-ins to accommoda
te appliances, electronics, entertainment area wiring, sound and so much more.
Wilton, CT USA, July 23, 2014 -- "In the old days homes were simple,º says Cutler.
"A single room with an open hearth, a few tiny windows and a drafty front door
were the norm. But today, a good, new home is designed to become an optimally fu
nctioning machine that supports many high tech systems. Heating, cooling, applia
nces, light, entertainment, water, etc. are the norm and need to function as a u
nit. Why? Because they are constantly being used at the same time. Just think ab
out what your family is doing at 5pm on a Tuesday night in mid January. Think ab
out all the work your Think about all the work your home is loyally performing w
ithout a whimper."
"Think of Your Home as a Human Body? Getting all these high tech parts of a home t
o work together as a team is not easy. Just like the systems within the human bo
dy, modern home systems need to be planned and placed just so. Only with good pl
anning can we obtain the optimal efficiency we all want over the long term."
"It's true,º he continues. "Many modular home factories now participate in the Green
Building and Energy Star programs, but only an architect who is trained, and li
censed, will know how get the maximum benefit out of every one of these complica
ted features. A draftsman in a factory just won't know how to do it right. Our hea
rts, in order to work most efficiently, are carefully positioned in close proxim
ity to the other the vital organs that support it. The arteries going to and fro
m your heart need to be the optimal length, width, and material to provide lasti
ng support during times of rest AND times of stress."
"Energy saving programs are exactly the same. If not implemented by a trained pr
ofessional, they can result in, at best, a wasted effort for the homeowner and,
at worst, a failed home."
Doug Cutler believes that an architect should be the professional who plans the
implementation of all home systems such as foundations, decks, garages and detai
led feature elements such as built-ins to accommodate appliances, electronics, e
ntertainment area wiring, sound and so much more. "So why would you not demand t
hat an architect also plan for the ways to save money on your electric bills and
the application of amazing green energy features. If not done correctly, your s
avings, and all those green benefits, will go right out the window!"
Cutler says that today's Modular Architects are pleased that Energy Star appliance
s and LEED rated products are now being installed at the factory to support gree
n modular building. For example, closed cell spray on insulation affords a very
efficient insulation rating and is offered by most manufacturers. And, because the
exterior is easily accessible at the factory, spaces behind the electrical boxes
and plumbing are properly coated with foam insulation. This is not as easily acc
omplished with conventional building.
"The Energy Codes put forth by the DOE has made energy conscious design far more
efficient than 20 years ago. Mandated, low VOC paints and products limiting ªoff
gassesº have made the indoor environment safer as well,º he says. ªThat's why newly impr
oved, highly effect heat pumps are now being specified over gas and oil fired sy
stems. The cost of operation has come down due to these latest heating and cooli
ng technologies."
Hiring an architect well-versed in modular design will ensure that your home can
include many of passive, energy savings features, such as:
· Glass walls orientation facing the sun for winter solar gain
· Sun shading to prevent solar gain in summer. (See the attached illlustration for
details on how this works.)
· Minimal glazing along the home's north walls to help reduce heat loss over the col
d months.
· Active systems such as Photovoltaic Elevation web B can be designed into the archite
ctural plan quite easily whether or not the home is modular.
The coordination of all these systems can, and should, be drawn into the plans b
y your architect, not your builder! They will work better AND they will look bet
ter too.
ªRemember, says Cutler, ªcustom modular design and construction is a hybrid form of
prefab building. Choosing the right contractor/builder dealer is also a very imp
ortant selection, but the architect always comes first!"
About Douglas Cutler:
Douglas Cutler launched his firm, Modular Architecture, a division of Douglas Cu
tler Architects in Wilton CT, one of the most affluent areas of the country and
home to many discerning homeowners and buyers. He has been in business since 198
8 and may be one of the best known architects in the modular home industry. Mr.
Cutler has often been recognized by the media for his outstanding work in this f
ield, including many reviews in the prestigious Better Homes and Gardens Magazin
e. He has been lauded by many of the industry periodicals, most recently in Auto
mated Builder magazine and has been featured on HGTV.
CONTACT Douglas Cutler, AIA, Directly
Douglas Cutler Architects, Modular Architecture, Douglas Cutler, Wilton, CT 0689
7, 1 203 761 9561,
Catherine Stone
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PO Box 732
Westport, CT 06880

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