I love a happily-ever after green building story. Don’t you? Not the type like a guy meets green house, but rather a severely disabled veteran accepts the keys to his donated new modular, green house. This true story will take place on March 8 when Waldemar Alameda, his wife, and family will be given the keys to their new green modular home. This home is built by Champion Home Builders, Inc. and designed by NextGen Home Experience.
According to the press release, the house was donated to Alameda by NextGen and Sears Holding Corporation’ Heroes at Home to Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay. Rebuilding Together is a Tampa Bay nonprofit organization that provides home repair services to low income families, the elderly, military veterans and their families, and persons with disabilities.
This house donation is a blessing for the Alameda family. They moved to Tampa so that he could be close to the James Haley VA Medical Center for injuries sustained due to an IED explosion while serving in Iraq. Almeda has served in the armed forces with distinction in multiple tours of Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the injury, he uses a wheelchair for the majority of the time since he suffers from severe leg and back pain. In addition, he is diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and mild post traumatic stress disorder.
Green Modular Home for Alameda
This home was built with energy efficiency and handicap accessibility in mind. Some of the products contained in the home are
- Nichiha Fiber Cement Siding
- Metal roofing system by DECRA Roofing Systems, Inc.
- Energy efficient windows by WinDoor Incorporated
- Wind Turbine by Delta Products Corporation
- ADA compliant appliances by GE Corporation
- Tankless water heater by Seisco International Ltd.
- Facets by Danze, Inc., an EPA Watersense Partner
- Variable speed HVAC heat pump by Trane
For a complete list of the products and the modular home configuration, see here. Rather, see the products yourself? Check out the product videos.
Why Modular for Home Building?
According to Kevin Flaherty of Champion Homes in his NextGen interview, modular construction provide contractors with the speed and quality of construction which eliminates the risk in the building world. Modular home building eliminates many subcontractor issues.
As any builder knows, time is money. He further explained a similar home in size to the Alameda’s could take 7 days to build. Best yet, their modular homes are energy efficient and air tight giving a value proposition to the homeowner.
When the home is delivered to the site, Flaherty states that using modular construction can cut a builder’s construction time in half. Generally, depending on the type of construction, a modular home can take 4 1/2 months, rather than 9 months to finish.
Happy Green Ending for a Deserving Veteran
With multiple handicap accessible and energy efficient features, Alameda can focus on his care and not his house. This home is a well deserved donation to a veteran who has sacrificed so much that we can be safe in our own homes.
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