A Variety of Sustainable Home Options: Modular Lifestyles and Nueva Vida III

February 23, 2012

Off-grid Modular Lifestyles' CamperTwo different types of environmentally sustainable homes are being incorporated into neighborhoods or developed as their own neighborhood community across the country giving people the choice to not only be green but to be entirely sustainable in their living situation.

In California, one home is currently for sale and others are waiting for investors to build. These are modular or manufactured homes by Modular Lifestyles. The homes are technologically advanced and can be either on or off-grid residences. Modular Lifestyles offers affordable homes and its customers all options of custom built homes, even homes under 640 square feet.

Modular Lifestyles’ homes can be found in multiple states, as everyday homes, guest homes and also as permanent campers.

These homes are being acknowledged because of their significant solar dependency and technology, plus their ease to be built. Recently Modular Lifestyles received the 2011 MHI National Award and the homes are part of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition’s “Green Home Tour.”

The second sustainable home type will be found in Camden’s Cramer Hill Neighborhood in New Jersey. These are not modular homes but traditional houses with non-traditional sustainable technologies. There will be 12 single family homes designed with water conservation in mind.

This will be the first urban community of its kind in the United States and are being designed as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program. The community is called the Nueva Vida III project and is happening because of a $750,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Grant from New Jersey American Water.

New Jersey American Water President David K. Baker stated,

“This innovative housing project allows us to combine our commitment to the community with our emphasis on wise water use.”

Americans love choices and between these two distinctive home styles and the many others that are being built, there should be no reason that every home built, custom or non, modular or permanent, is not sustainable in every aspect.


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Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.
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