Courtesy of New World Home

Eco-Friendly Designs From New World Home

New World Home's eco-friendly designs combine time-honored style with modular, modern efficiency.

This might look like a colonial farmhouse with the patina of 150 years of living. But it was actually just built, in a factory in less than 100 days, by Mark Jupiter and Tyler Schmetterer's firm, New World Home. Fifty percent more energy-efficient than a typical suburban house, this retro spin on modular could be a new model for home building.

"In residential housing, only 1% of revenue is spent on R&D," says Jupiter, who compares most new building to "polishing a turd." With college buddy Schmetterer, a tech entrepreneur, he reverse-engineered a farmhouse and made it eco-friendly. So the foundation is pre-insulated, the reflective roof is largely recycled metal, and the high-efficiency plumbing saves 10,000 gallons of water per year compared with a similar-size standard home.

New World Home is now licensing its seven prefab styles, which run a reasonable $150 to $200 per square foot, to builders and developers. It has teamed with Country Living and is eyeing other, bigger branding partners. "Why," muses Schmetterer, "doesn't Ralph Lauren have its own brand of homes?"

Courtesy of New World Home

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  • Bruce N

    It seems the time has come to look at all facets of our consumption for more efficient methods. Since our homes are our largest single purchase, any efficiencies would have the most impact financially and environmentally. Modular home construction is leading the way in efficient buildings. Once more home builders embrace this process instead of seeing it as a threat, we will see many more modular homes being built.

    If interested, you can find more details on the process of having a modular home built at www.modularhomechoice.com