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Eco-friendly modular housing designs growing in popularity

on Friday,May 14,2010 21:05

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Blu Homes Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts is one of several builders of green modular housing that has benefited from the demand for eco-friendly, reasonably-priced home designs.

The company's Blu|Element models range from 800 to almost 1,100 square feet and include several one- or two-bedroom floor plans, each of these options allows buyers to choose window, door and wall configurations. Prices start at $125,000 per home.

The design programs include high-efficiency heating systems that can maximize passive heating and cooling. Blu combines computer modeling, factory construction and stronger materials to build the homes quickly and ship them anywhere. Then, the company's staff travels to the home site and completes the construction.

Green modular homes such as these have grown in popularity, the New York Times reported earlier this year, referring to the overall cost efficiency and use of eco-friendly materials.

Blu Homes recently completed work on a home for Rainy Day and Eileen Cullinane of Charlestown, Rhode Island. "I've been looking for a green home that I could afford for years," said Rainy Day, a local school bus driver. "We feel very much at home."

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