River Vine will be one of most advanced, high-end prefabricated residences ever constructed (PRNewsFoto/American Modular Systems, Inc.)
River Vine will be one of most advanced, high-end prefabricated residences ever constructed (PRNewsFoto/American Modular Systems, Inc.)

Although sustainable, modular homes are a recent trend that was become infectious in the residential housing market, developer Tony Sarich has been working on the perfect model for the past 30 years. American Modular Systems (AMS), a Manteca, Calif,-based company Sarich co-founded that produces both commercial and residential projects, recently released River Vine: a 4,500-square-foot modular, zero net energy home on a 50-acre vineyard in Lodi, Calif.

According to assistant editor Kayla Devon's article in Builder, Sarich says the aim is not just to build a home he loves, but a home he can show off and help educate the rest of the industry on what modular and other building and technology innovations can achieve.

“There’s still a perception that a modular building is somehow ‘less than’ conventional construction, when the reality is, today’s modular buildings are equal to—and in many ways, can be even better than—a stick-built structure,” argues Sarich. “Modular homes are built on a permanent concrete foundation, giving them the same extended lifespan as a conventional building, and they offer the same floor plans, design choices, high-performance features, and overall energy efficiency as any home.”

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