At Deltec, going green also means going round. The circular shape of these green modular homes means less surface contact with the outside environment, which improves energy efficiency during high heat and extreme cold. Deltec estimates that the design of their 1,600 square foot Sierra model lowers surface contact by over 600 square feet as compared to a traditionally constructed home of the same size. Due to their aerodynamic shape, round homes also resist high winds, tornados and hurricanes better than typical square or rectangular shaped homes.
Deltec’s energy wall, created in collaboration with Vandemussen Design LLC, achieves the same energy efficiency as a 4” structurally insulated panel with the addition of a spray foam installation. Special attention is paid to lighting throughout the homes. Daylight is maximized and occupancy sensors used in conjunction with CFLs cut energy usage dramatically.
The good work continues at Deltec’s manufacturing plant. Power is produced through 273 solar panels affixed to the roof of the facility, recycling is a top priority and locally produced sustainably forested lumber products are used when available. By using computerized saws and advanced production techniques, the company produces an estimated 22% less waste than a typical, site-built home.
Deltec’s web site is well worth the visit - it’s packed with detailed information, testimonials and project photos. http://www.deltechomes.com/ecofriendly.php