SOURCE: Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

July 09, 2014 07:00 ET

Environmental Sustainability, Advanced Technology Are Options With System-Built Housing

OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2014) - Homes with solar panels and security systems you can remotely control may seem like props in a science fiction movie, but they are just a few examples of ways the system-built housing industry continuously embraces modern advances in green and smart technology.

"While we are exploring and integrating these new products, the most important and exciting part of that is giving the consumer more ability to control their home and tailor their experience," Mike Duncan, national accounts manager at Clayton Homes, says. "It is important that we offer these options in order to meet the expectations of this generation of homeowners."

Part of what new homeowners expect is ways to cut energy costs, which relieves stress on both their pocketbooks and the environment. One way homebuyers can be environmentally friendly is by installing ENERGY STAR appliances in their homes. These products keep energy use, and therefore energy costs, lower than traditional appliances. The special ENERGY STAR label means the appliances have been crafted to federal standards of energy efficiency. Additionally, homes can be built with special insulation, high-performance windows and other materials to reduce overall energy costs and use fewer natural resources. According to Duncan, ENERGY STAR insulation packages are the most common feature among homeowners.

Smart-home technology can also be incorporated into system-built homes. It can include systems in your home that are controlled with a mobile device to temperature-controlled window shades to advanced multimedia configurations. As technology advances in all areas of your life, your home is no different.

Whether looking to incorporate energy-saving appliances or design a home with a myriad of smart technologies, system-built homes can take you and your family into the future. Homebuyers can work with retailers and manufacturers when choosing their new home to integrate cutting-edge technology options.

The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a non-profit trade association representing the system-built industry in Michigan. MMHA works to improve the image of system-built housing by educating consumers, media and government about the quality, affordability, design and beauty of the homes. It also works to protect the interests of the industry and the owners of system-built homes. For more information about system-built housing, visit www.michhome.org, call 800.551.1315 or contact MMHA, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, MI 48864-5978; 517.349.3300.