Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

At one point, there was hope that the modular home craze would catch on. But most new buildings, like the modulars, have suffered since the crash of the housing market.
According to the Washington Post, a new demand for them has come up. People are looking to build new modular homes – just a whole lot bigger.
The appeal is obvious. In less than two days, future homeowners can have a multi-bedroom and multi-bath home with a low cost. They’ve got all the bells and whistles of a green home, but ironically, building a bigger home than is necessary is environmentally unfriendly, whichever way you slice it.

Grist reported that in Berkeley, where a software mogul is building a 10,000-square-foot mansion that is classified as green by the city’s standards; they measure things like water use and building materials for the designation, not size.
What do you think about this potential trend in green building? Eco-friendly or an eco-no-no?
Photo: Modular Experts

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.