Why Our Homes Are Energy Efficient

And why you’ll feel right at home in your pick

We’ve all been there. Getting that energy bill that makes you legitimately reconsider every single decision you’ve made until this point. Needless to say, it’s an eye-opening experience for sure. This experience is part of the reason why we champion energy efficient practices in the building of our homes.  

Our homes are built to meet high thermal efficiency requirements, meaning they feature: 

  • Low-E windows 
  • Airtight building envelope  
  • Insulation values that meet or exceed code standards for keeping homes comfortable 
  • Optional features such as LED lighting packages and programmable thermostats 

This keeps you living comfortably inside your home and keeps the elements living outside of the home.

Our manufactured homes and our modular homes are energy efficient, but the standards and requirements differ for each.  They are similar but built to a different code. Each state has its own code for modular construction. For HUD manufactured homes, there are different thermal zones. HUD is also a very active EnergyStar® proponent, though not all HUD homes are EnergyStar® certified, so be sure to search with this detail in mind if it’s important to you. 

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EnergyStar® certified homes “are designed and built better from the ground up,” as per the U.S. Department of Energy. This means they are built using more stringent thermal assemblies related to walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, and more! The result is better design and construction; these homes provide more sustainable and eco-friendly advantages you can trust.

The American Freedom 3270

Are you interested in taking a more energy efficient approach to your homeownership? Let’s find your dream home today.

WATCH: We’re on Lifetime TV’s Military Makeover: Operation Career! 

Watch the special to learn about Champion’s commitment to our veterans

This is not a drill: Champion® Homes and Star Fleet Trucking will be featured in a full episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career on Lifetime Television. As part of the special, you’ll be able to meet and follow along with 3 of our employees who have bravely served their country in the United States Military as they speak about how they transfer the skills and values they gained in duty to their roles here at Champion. 

Behind -the-scenes!

You’ll also hear from our President and CEO, Mark Yost, as he speaks to the importance of hiring and valuing veterans in the workforce. At Champion Homes, we take very seriously our company-wide dedication to provide quality homes to hard-working Americans, and hiring veterans fits perfectly in line with that goal.  

Get to Know More About the Featured Employees:

While we proudly employ many veterans on our team at Champion Homes, the Military Makeover: Operation Career special will feature 3 from various areas in Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking. You’ll learn more about their stories in the episode, but here’s an intro on who they are and what they do: 

  • Trish Nowak, Safety Director for Star Fleet Trucking  
  • Ron Baer, Jr., Star Fleet Truck Driver  
  • Scott Kennemuth, former Operations Manager for Champion Homes 

Hosted by Montel Williams, Military Makeover: Operation Career speaks to the opportunities we offer veterans at Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking

How Can I Watch the Special? 

Many of us personally know someone who has served in the U.S. Military, so this episode will surely warm your heart and remind you of the freedoms to cherish every day. If you’re interested in watching the Champion Homes and Star Fleet Trucking episode of Military Makeover: Operation Career, keep reading. 

The show airs on November 30th at 7:30 AM EST/PST time on Lifetime TV.  

All About Prefab Homes 

Get the 4-1-1 on Prefabricated Homes and Their Benefits

Though they’ve been around for over 100 years, prefab homes are becoming an increasingly popular housing option for homebuyers looking to make a purchase that’s affordable and sustainable. As their popularity soars, your curiosity is sure to grow with it! If you want to know what there is to know about prefabricated homes and how to get your own, keep reading! 

Model 2444 will bring all your #coastalvibes dreams to life! 

First thing first, what is a prefab home? Well, another term for prefabricated homes is “factory-built homes.” This second term might shed more light on what a prefab home really is: a home built and designed in an off-site facility and then transported to the site for assembly and finishing. Prefabricated homes are brought to their final site about 90% already done.  

The World of Prefab Homes

So, now you know “prefabricated” refers to how and where a home is built. Now it’s time to learn about the different types of prefabricated homes available to you! 

  • Manufactured 
    • Factory-built homes built to the HUD code. To learn more about manufactured homes, click HERE.  
  • Modular 
    • Factory-built homes built to local and state codes. To learn more about modular homes, click HERE.  

The Claremont

Why Are Prefabricated Homes More Affordable? 

Factory-built homes are more affordable because they are more efficient. Let us explain. Having the luxury of building homes in a climate-controlled facility means a lot of great things. One of those means being able to pre-plan and pre-buy materials according to what we know we will build each day. This means fewer materials are wasted because we can allot what we buy to our standard building output. Also, using a skilled labor force means workers are assembled efficiently as well. This means multiple homes are finished in our building facilities every day!  

What Are Some More Benefits of Prefabricated Homes? 

Sustainability, energy efficiency and timeline, just to name a few! 

And there you have it! As you can probably see, prefab homes are pretty darn cool! And at Champion® Homes, we like to think ours are the coolest. Ready to make the leap into factory-built housing? Talk to a retailer near you for your best options today!  

The Difference Between Manufactured and Modular Homes

Let’s Set the Record Straight on Your Options

So, you’re interested in factory-built housing, but don’t know where to start. We get it! The world of pre-fabricated homes is vast and full of options, so you’ll definitely want to know which of those options work best for you and your lifestyle. When it comes to manufactured homes and modular homes, knowing the difference can take you a long way. So, let’s get into it!

Manufactured Homes 

Manufactured homes have actually been around longer than you might think. You’ve likely heard manufactured homes referred to as mobile homes in your day-to-day conversations. Before 1976 when the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code was developed, they were referred to as mobile homes. After the HUD code was developed, they were and still are referred to as manufactured. Same type of home, but manufactured homes of today meet the regulations of the HUD code. 

Check out our manufactured homes blog for more detailed information if you’re interested.

  • Manufactured home exterior
  • Manufactured home dining room
  • Manufactured home kitchen
  • Manufactured home kitchen
  • Manufactured home built-in shelves
  • Manufactured home living room
  • Manufactured home primary bedroom
  • Manufactured home primary bathroom

Modular Homes 

A modular home is a home that is also built in a climate-controlled indoor factory, but to a local state code, such as the International Residential Code, or IRC. You may often hear modular homes described as “prefabricated homes.” A modular home is built in sections, or modules, which are then delivered to and assembled on the home site. A modular home is more comparable to a site-built home in details like its available financing through more traditional mortgages and the local codes to which it is built.  

Check out our modular homes blog for more detailed information if you’re interested.

  • Modular home exterior
  • Modular home kitchen
  • Modular home kitchen
  • Modular home living room
  • Modular home primary bath
  • Modular home primary bath shower
  • Modular home primary bedroom

Similarities & Differences 

The main similarity you’ll find between manufactured and modular homes is that they’re both built in a climate-controlled factory by skilled craftspeople who do the same thing every day. All of our scrap material is used somewhere in the home instead of being piled and thrown away like in site-built homes.  

The main difference you’ll find between manufactured and modular homes is the codes to which they are built. The HUD code can differ from the code of a specific state, town or county, and this all helps to determine what kind of house can be built and where. For example, a home built to the HUD Code for delivery in Massachusetts could be very different from a home built to local the Massachusetts modular code.. And that’s just one state!  

Bottom line: we’re building homes to the right code for the right regions.  

Whether you’re looking to go the manufactured route or the modular route, factory-built provides the advantages you’ll want and need as a new homeowner. Browse our floorplans today and find the home of your dreams. 

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The Champion Approach: How We Set Industry Design Trends 

When you think “ahead of the game,” think Champion® Homes.

When it comes to design standards in the factory-built housing industry, it’s no secret that Champion Homes sets the curve. Whether it’s color combinations, texture choices or interior features, innovation has become part of the Champion name.  

But how are we able to predict trends and execute them sustainably? Well, a large part of it is the same reason you trust us to build your home: experience. Our team members know what they’re doing, because they’ve been doing it for a while now. We got a chance to talk about The Champion Approach with Tammie D., our Interior Designer who’s been working in the industry 20+ years. Keep reading to learn how we bring you the best aesthetics, season after season! 

Staying Ahead of the Game 

Champion Homes supports interactive research, which means we prioritize working with suppliers to not only see and touch emerging materials, but also develop entirely new materials. We utilize our experience and reputation in the industry to navigate important relationships, which allows us to participate in inventive conversations.  

We approach home design holistically, and that’s what sets us apart. This is key to, for example, making sure the flow of the home from room to room is sensible and complementary. We make sure the kitchen complements the bedroom, etc.  

Tammie’s Way

  • See your environment (the home and its features, the neighborhood, etc.) and think of it with every decision you make 
  • Remember we mentioned the flow of a home from room to room? Think of this as ‘movement.’ Try to gauge the movement within a house and correspond materials to said movement  
  • Have a balance of new and old! Too much innovation could scare people off, even if it’s beautiful 
  • Never underestimate the importance of complementary colors  

It’s Important to… 

  • Grow past bias against factory-built homes (remember: it’s high quality materials used in a site-built home
  • Be rightfully picky, keeping the customer in mind 

Now that you know The Champion Approach, you’ll be able to point it out more easily. Take a look at some of our most notably designed models, such as the Odyssey and the Glenwood.  

What Is a Modular Home?

Get a Clear Understanding Before Finding the Home for You

The world of factory-built homes is vast and full of so many options. Sometimes, all these options can cause confusion, which is the last thing we want when purchasing our forever home! That’s why we’re here to break down one of the essentials in the factory-built home industry: modular homes. What are they? Should you consider one, and why? We’re answering all the most important questions about modular homes.  

Let’s start with the basics: What is a modular home 

To keep it simple, a modular home is a home built in a climate-controlled factory, to local and state codes, such as the International Residential Code, or IRC. You may often hear modular homes described as “prefabricated homes.” A modular home is built in sections, or modules, which are then delivered to and assembled on the home site. 

  • Modular home exterior
  • Kitchen decor in a modular home
  • Modular home kitchen
  • Modular home dining room
  • Modular home living room
  • Modular home primary bedroom
  • Modular home primary bathroom shower
  • Modular home primary bathroom

Modular homes are similar to site-built homes; they use the same financing, are installed on similar fixed foundations (whether that be a basement or a crawl space) and provide multiple floors and luxuries as site-built homes.  

The advantage with modular homes is that they’re built in a controlled environment. If you’ve ever witnessed a site-built home in process, you have likely noticed the way the home and its materials become tattered due to unpredictable weather circumstances over the long period of time it takes to make the home weather tight. With a modular home, unpredictable weather plays less of a dependent role on the process and development of the home in comparison to site-built. This also provides an efficiency to the building process that you won’t witness with site-built construction. 

So, there you have it! A modular home gives you a breadth of options to truly create the home you’ll love to call…well…home! If you’re interested in learning about modular homes with hopes you can build one, Champion® Homes is definitely the place to start. 

The Ashley 

Here’s what you should know about The Ashley: 

  1. It’s a modular home with a beautiful layout, unique features, and strong details to make it a great model.  
  1. It’s built to the applicable state modular code with three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a grand total of 1,825 square feet.  
  1. Throughout the home, you can find luxury vinyl plank flooring, storage space designed in each room, and accent features that make the home stand out. 

A few modern features include a wine room. Yep, you read that correctly. This room is set off to the side of the kitchen and has a mini fridge and wine holders built into the cabinets and wall. This is a great use of space for entertaining for a wine tasting or a great feature to touch on to your guests. Another modern element is in the primary bath. There is a rain shower head from the ceiling as well as a wall mount shower head taking this room to the next level for a spa setting. The shower is embossed in a subway ceramic tile and the floors an encaustic motif tile which is a beautiful accent for this space.

Moving into the living room, the entertainment center is built on the electric fireplace with white shiplap. With the modern components, floating shelves is another highlight. This creates aesthetic space for you to curate your vision for a home. Maybe it’s adding pictures of the family, a book nook, your favorite succulents, or adding in wall décor of encouraging words – this is the space for you. 

Customize your space. Enjoy the modern features. Make The Ashley your dream home.