All American Homes® Builds Near Zero Energy Use Duplex and Zero Energy Single Family Home

Posted on October 16th, 2009 in All Articles, Green Housing.

All American Homes® Builds Near Zero Energy Use Duplex and Zero Energy Single Family Home as Test Homes for the Boulder County Housing Authority Paradigm Project Larger project of 153 units planned for 2010 based on these results Elkhart, Ind. – All American Homes, LLC announced today that it is nearing completion of the Boulder Colorado Housing Authority’s (BCHA) Paradigm Project. The Paradigm Project is a collaborative effort of the BCHA, All American Homes, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Workforce Boulder County, and other key supply contractors to develop affordable housing with near zero and potentially zero net energy consumption in Lafayette, Colorado. “We are extremely proud to be involved in the Paradigm Project” stated Rick Bedell, President of All American Homes. “This project fits perfectly with our corporate vision to be the industry leader in providing affordable, eco-friendly homes to the nation,” he concluded. Scott Simkus, Development Manager for the BCHA stated, “This project has many goals, one of which is testing multiple levels of technology to determine what works best. The team at All American Homes did a fantastic job of working with us to value engineer these homes to make them affordable,” noted Simkus. “When you add the fact that these homes will operate at near net zero energy consumption, you quickly realize we have a model here that can be used by any community in the country,” he concluded. All American Homes constructed the home and Boulder County’s Green Jobs crew built the insulated concrete form foundations and the covered entrances for a single family home and a duplex on a half acre parcel to serve as “test homes” for the construction methods and energy saving features specified. What is learned in this phase will be carried forward to the larger 153-unit community planned for next year. Simkus stated, “The green jobs field training program is called TIGRE and stands for Training Innovative Green Renewable Energy. This is the first time such a combination of renewable energy job training with systems built technology has ever been accomplished in the country. The total design, zoning and entitlement planning and construction to occupancy took only eight months”. Each living unit of the duplex is 1,560 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. It features many eco and energy friendly building components: Icynene® foam insulation, engineered hardwood floors, Energy Star® appliances and light fixtures, water efficient plumbing fixtures, high-performance Low-E windows and a Energy Recovery Ventilation system to introduce tempered fresh air into the home. It also boasts an impressive list of renewable energy features such as: · 2.22KW Solar panel system, · Geo Thermal heating and cooling · Solar thermal hot water and supplemental heating · On-demand (tankless) hot water system, · Insulated Concrete Foundation (ICF) · Clerestory construction that allows the unit to function as a thermal-chimney, venting warm air out of automated windows at the top of the structure keeping the home naturally cool—so cool in fact that no air conditioner is required. The single-family home is 906 square feet with two bedrooms and one bath. Because this is a test home the mechanical features in the home are different from the duplex. This home is all electric with a 2.22 KW solar panel system to support the ground source heat pump (geothermal) heating and cooling system with a planned solar carport brining the PV energy created to about 4.8KW. This same carport will serve as a charging station for testing a plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The rest of the home has the same features as the duplex. “Curb appeal was also very important,” said Doug Stimpson, General Manager for All American Homes of Colorado. “These homes not only have to perform at near zero net energy consumption but they also have to look great. BCHA, HB & A architectural firm and our engineers at All American, worked together to create a contemporary design and a warm feel. A clever mix of textures and shades of earth tones on the exterior provide the perfect curb appeal to these modern and energy efficient homes,” Stimpson concluded. Simkus noted that there was quite a bit of skepticism concerning using systems-built (modular) construction for this project. “All it took to overcome any concerns on quality or construction methods was a trip to the All American Homes facility in Milliken, Colorado. Once our Chief Building Official saw the construction process, the tolerances, workmanship and benefits from building out of the weather in a controlled environment, he was sold on the idea as well,” stated Simkus. The target price range for these near zero homes is between $105 and $125 per square foot. Coachmen Industries, Inc., doing business as All American Group™ is one of America’s premier systems-built construction companies under the ALL AMERICAN BUILDING SYSTEMS®, ALL AMERICAN HOMES® and MOD-U-KRAF® brands, as well as a manufacturer of specialty vehicles. All American Group is a publicly held company with stock quoted and traded on the over-the-counter markets under the ticker COHM.PK. This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are inherently uncertain. Actual results may differ materially from that projected or suggested due to certain risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, liquidity, the ability of the Company to bond major government contracts, availability of working capital, availability of credit to the Company and its customers, the depth and duration of the recession, the ability to produce buses to meet demand, the potential fluctuations in the Company’s operating results, price volatility of raw materials used in production, the availability and cost of real estate for residential housing, the supply of existing homes within the company’s markets, government regulations, dependence on significant customers within certain product types, consolidation of distribution channels, consumer confidence, uncertainties of matters in litigation, and other risks identified in the Company’s SEC filings. For more information contact: Bill Martin Director of Marketing All American Homes, LLC 2831 Dexter Dr. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 266-2534 Fax: (574) 266-3304 Email: bmartin@allamericanhomes.com For investor or financial information: James T. Holden Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel (574) 266-2500 Boulder County Project.JPG Boulder County Project.JPG 1501K Vi