"For people who are interested in learning the difference between modular and site built homes, this is going to be like a walking story."
-- Dan Goodin, VP of Sales and Marketing, Nationwide Homes
GREENSBORO, N.C., May 6, 2012 - Modular homes can be built faster and with greater consistency in quality than site-built homes because they are designed, built and inspected in a factory setting with rigorous oversight throughout the construction process.
Modular homes are also more environmentally efficient than site built homes, since the amount of wood trimmings and other building waste can be better controlled and even recycled in a factory setting.
Despite these attractions, many consumers in Greensboro and across North Carolina have little first hand knowledge or experience with modular homes.
That's about to change on Friday, May 18th, when Nationwide Homes unveils an interactive three-story modular demonstration and design center on the site of the company's existing factory outlet for modular homes. The 3,600-square foot demonstration center is located just east of Greensboro at the intersection of Interstates 85 and 40.
"This is the first interactive modular design center of its kind in the country," said Dan Goodin, vice president of sales and marketing for
Martinsville, Va.-based Nationwide Homes, one of the nation's largest modular home builders.
The design center will feature interactive displays that demonstrate:
The eco-friendly and green building benefits of modular construction.
"How we build" videos and slideshows that explain factory construction and field installation of modular structures.
A live feed showing real-time activities on the building center factory floor.
An interactive model search including pricing information on over 142 Nationwide modular home floorplans.
"Builders like using modular homes because it gives them much greater control over quality as well as the total cost of the project. Using modular homes also frees them from having to hire and manage plumbers, electricians, roofers and other subcontractors," Goodin said, adding that the modular home building process greatly reduces the variables that can occur on the job site.
The grand opening of Nationwide's interactive design center will include presentations by experts in modular housing and green design, including Andy Crisp of BIS, LLC, an Indiana-based company that specializes in green building certifications.
"Consumers increasingly want ‘green' products and manufacturers realize that they can tap into that market, even during a recession," said Crisp, whose company oversees the Energy Star and green certifications for Nationwide Homes.
Crisp will be at Nationwide's design center in Greensboro on Friday and Saturday to answer their questions about the green attributes of modular construction.
Based in Martinsville, Virginia, Nationwide Homes is one of the nation's most experienced modular homebuilders. Its homes are regularly showcased in the International Builder's Show's Professional Builder's Show Village, the largest homebuilder tradeshow. Nationwide was also the first modular homebuilder to be featured in ABC's "Extreme Makeover" program.
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"With modular I can control my costs. It removes a lot of the unknowns and takes away the guesswork. It’s the way to go today if you want to make a profit in homebuilding."
Bernie Edwards ,
Mars Hill, NC
Nationwide Home must pass 300 quality inspections throughout the modular home building process before it is delivered.