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Deltec Delivers First Home from New Net-Zero Collection

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Just months after the launch of the Renew Collection, Deltec Homes delivered the first net-zero home to Dr. Marie DeVerneil, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Located in Virginia, the home will feature passive solar design, solar panels with battery backup, a double stud wall and mineral wool insulation.

Building a home that had a low impact on the environment was top priority for DeVerneil. An organic farmer and mother of a LEED architect and oceanographer, she describes her herself and her family as very “green”.

“I teach a course in cultural sustainability [at UMBC] and am a member of the sustainability movement there,” she said. “I knew if I were to build a house, it would have to be as fossil fuel free as possible.”

The rectangular shape of the Ridgeline model DeVerneil chose was also new territory for Deltec, who is best known for their round homes.

“I love Deltec’s round homes, but this model is the perfect scale for me,” she said.

The Renew Collection has six models with three more slated to launch later this year. Each home is designed to reduce energy consumption by two-thirds in comparison to an average home. The remaining one-third can by powered with renewable energy, making yearly energy use net-zero.

“The construction of the DeVerneil home has been very exciting for us,” said Steve Linton, president of Deltec Homes. “There are several years of research and planning behind the Renew Collection and to see it launch and gain popularity so quickly has been validating.”

The Renew Collection came as a result of higher demand for more energy efficient homes. “We truly believe this is the future of homebuilding,” said Linton. “Codes are becoming stricter and people are becoming more cautious of the environment and energy use.”

This is the first of nearly 20 homes from the Renew Collection scheduled to be delivered by mid-2015. Construction began August 4 and DeVerneil plans to move in when she retires.

Deltec Takes on Extreme Weather and Yurt-Dominated Mongolian Market

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Deltec Homes delivered their first home to the yurt’s country of origin, Mongolia. “Yurts are the traditional homes in Mongolia, so we’ve seen the benefits of living in a round structure firsthand,” said new Deltec homeowner Agar Batkhuyag of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “I think keeping the traditional round shape in a modern house is a cool idea.”

Yurts have been a primary source of housing in Central Asia for over 3,000 years. Known for their tent-like material, round structure, durability and portability, they are still widely used throughout Mongolia.

Though many describe Deltec’s homes as “yurt-like”, there are several distinctions.

“Our homes are similar to the traditional yurt in that they’re round, but they’re actually very different,” said Joseph Schlenk, director of sales and marketing for Deltec. “Deltec homes are placed on a permanent foundation and built using standard construction practices, making them stronger. Also, since the walls can be insulated, they’re typically more energy efficient.”

When Batkhuyag contacted Deltec to build one of their flagship round homes, Deltec was eager to enter the Mongolian market.

“Not only are we excited to break the housing standard with what we believe to be a better alternative to yurts, but because Ulaanbaatar endures some of the harshest weather on the planet, it’s a whole new challenge for us,” said Schlenk.

According to professional geographer Matt Rosenbur, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world, with an average annual temperature of 29.7 degrees. In the winter, temperatures can drop as low as 40 degrees below.

Because of the weather, an energy efficient home is crucial for Batkhuyag. The home features Deltec’s Energy Wall, an advanced wall system that maximizes insulation and ensures air tightness, among other high performance elements.

The weather wasn’t the only challenge the company faced. Colorado-based Deltec field consultant, Jeff Torr, traveled to Mongolia to assist with construction.

“The biggest challenge was communicating,” said Torr. “Luckily I had a translator who was by my side at all times. They were a great crew to work with, very hardworking.”

The home shipped on April 28 and arrived in Ulaanbaatar at the end of July. Once delivered, it took 6 days to assemble the round portion.

Next up in Mongolia? Another Deltec is arriving now, and yet another is scheduled to be shipped by year’s end, both in Ulaanbaatar.

Photos from the left: A Deltec and a yurt, side by side. The homeowners are living in the yurt during construction. Center: The building crew in Mongolia, with Deltec Building Consultant Jeff Torr, fourth from right, and the newlywed homeowners, second and third from right. Right: Elevation of the home.

Net-Zero for Everyone

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

With demands for more energy efficient homes in general, and rising interest in Deltec’s Renew Collection in particular, Deltec Homes has added a new lineup to their signature homebuilding seminars. On October 18, 2014, the first seminar dedicated to building a net-zero Deltec home will take place at the plant facilities in Asheville, NC.

Over the course of the morning seminar attendees will explore net-zero building and learn how a home from the Renew Collection strikes the right balance, from a cost-effective standpoint, between energy efficiency and renewable energy. Participants will also tour the manufacturing facilities. To register for this free seminar, call 1.800.642.2508.

Design Strategies

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Deltec's new Design Center

Deltec recently completed the installation of a new Design Center, which is located at its headquarters in Asheville, NC. The space is an environment for soon-to-be Deltec homeowners to dream, create and work with their project managers in designing their future home.

In addition to a Deltec model home to scale, the Design Center allows clients to see a multitude of options all in one place, including full size samples of flooring and roofing, window and overhang selections, solar, sunlight and sun tunnel options, and hands-on color combinations of siding and trim.

Stop by and see the showroom at 69 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC.

Super Fleet of Deltec Toy Trucks

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Faster than 150 mph winds, more powerful than a Category 5 hurricane… Clearly, these are not your average toy trucks!

Hand-crafted by the talented artisans over at Apple Country Woodcrafters in Hendersonville, NC, these wooden toys are made from recycled wood scraps from Deltec’s manufacturing process. Deltec homes are built using machine rated 2400 psi framing lumber in the trusses and walls—the strongest framing material available.

We use a computerized linear saw that calculates to the millimeter the various sizes of wood pieces needed for upcoming builds, and then proceeds to cut the wood as efficiently as possible. There is a minimal amount of scrap wood from each home built, and the employees working in our manufacturing facilities scrupulously recycle each and every piece possible.

We have been donating scrap wood to various non-profits for many years now, and we’re happy to add Apple Country Woodcrafters to our recipients. They will make approximately 1,500 toys this year, to be distributed in early December to children in need. They provide the toys through such organizations as The Salvation Army, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Eliada House, The Storehouse, Prison Ministries and Missions Carolina Baptist Association, to name a few. These programs in turn have active programs to bring holiday cheer to those in need, and we are proud our toys will be a part of that.

Apple Country Woodcrafters also sells toys and crafts each year at fund-raiser bazaars, as well as donate toys to the Hendersonville County Heritage Museum gift shop to support their funding.

What might seem like a small effort can make a really positive difference in our community—as well as result in toy trucks that can withstand whatever your toddler can dish out!

Top: A series of wooden toy trucks handcrafted by Apple Country Woodcrafters. Bottom: left to right: Assembly line woodcrafting; a Deltec employee programs the computerized linear cutting saw; Blocks of scrap wood; The Industry’s finest structural lumber, “Diamond MSR” category, which is pulled exclusively for Deltec Homes.

‘Classic’ Roof a Perfect Fit for a Non-traditional Home

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Which is better? The roof that saves you money and energy or the roof made from 95% recycled material? And what if the same product could do both?

When we decided we wanted to offer a metal roof option for our homes, obviously the shape of Deltec’s triangular roof panels presented a challenge—one that we passed on to Classic Metal Roof, the leading manufacturer of residential metal roofing since 1980. Their solution consisted of custom flashings and designs that are the perfect fit for a Deltec home, both literally and ethically.

The benefits of a metal roof specifically designed for a Deltec are unmatched in the industry: Metal roofs offer a proven performance expectation of well over 50 years. They are not only fire resistant, but their interlocking panels offer maximum wind resistance—a perfect fit for a Deltec located in a high wind area. Not only are they available for Deltecs in several color variations, but they also have a lifetime / 40-year transferable limited warranty.

A Classic Metal Roofing System, in keeping with a Deltec, is a green product that inherently leads to great savings: It is made from 95% recycled aluminum and its long life expectancy guarantees sustainability. The increased energy efficiency, due to their ability to reflect radiant heat and thus keep homes cooler, cuts energy costs by up to 20%. Also important for many Deltec homeowners is the fact that Classic Metal roofs integrate well with most photovoltaic solar collection systems. Add in the other benefits, which include a minimal carbon footprint (unlike traditional shingles) with virtually zero out-gassing, and the fact that aluminum products can be repainted but will likely never need replaced, and you have what is likely the most environmentally-friendly, money-saving roof available to homeowners.

A Classic Metal roof offers unprecedented all-around savings in terms of money, energy costs, home maintenance and sustainability, making it a perfect complement to a Deltec home. It’s no wonder the Deltec-Classic Metal relationship is a solid one. Todd Miller, President of Classic Metal, says, “It’s a pleasure to be associated with such a quality organization.” We feel the same way about our working relationship with Classic Metal!

‘Diamond’ Lumber: where quality translates to strength and durability

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Looking at this picture, the expression ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ comes to mind: If you know anything about sustainable tree harvesting for wood, as well as the quality of wood harvested, then you will find this photo beautiful indeed.If you don’t know about wood construction and are thinking about building a home, then you need to be informed. Longleaf and Slash Southern Yellow Pine have long been recognized to yield the Industry’s finest structural lumber. With longer, stronger fibers and fewer knots, these superior trees are found exclusively within the South’s Coastal plain. Beadles Lumber Company, a family owned business for over 60 years, is located in the heart of this timber region in Moultrie, Ga.

All of Beadles’ foresters and loggers are certified under the “Best Management Practices” program. Mr. Beadles is a board member of both the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB). He is passionate about ensuring that trees remain America’s Most Renewable Resource while maintaining a responsible stewardship of the land and our abundant wildlife.

Once the timber reaches the Beadles plant it is cut into lumber, stacked and kiln-dried down to a maximum 19% moisture content. By keeping their wood below 19% from dry kiln, to finishing, to delivery it becomes stable and is no longer susceptible to mold or decay. Each piece is certified and stamped KD HT Grading.

Above: The quality control process of Beadles lumber

Each piece of lumber goes through multiple, intensive evaluation steps prior to receiving Beadles’ certified SPIB grade stamp number “205”.  After proper sizing and dressing in the planer each piece advances to their Ecoustic Grader, commonly known as a “thumper.” Using sonar technology, the thumper sends a vibration through the board, accurately weighs it, and instantly transfers that data to a computer which calculates a predicted value for Modulus of Elasticity (MOE), or density. MOE is the critical factor in determining several different strength characteristics of lumber. Pieces that rate a certain elevated level of strength are marked and become candidate stock for our Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lumber.

MSR is a certified product of the American Lumber Standards that must meet or exceed specific strength and visual characteristics. MSR must undergo extensive pre- and post-grade testing, evaluation on a proof loader under stress, and then pass an independent third party inspection by an accredited grading agency. MSR candidate pieces are visually inspected by one of Beadles’ certified lumber graders and separated into different grades. Of the pieces that do qualify as MSR, only the strongest and most visually pleasing pieces make it into their most elite “Diamond MSR” category.  Diamond is pulled exclusively for Deltec Homes.

Maintaining an on-hand inventory of Diamond grade with delivery by their own fleet of Beadles Lumber Company trucks with covered trailers means Beadles provides on-time delivery while fully protecting the product, all the way to our plant in Asheville, NC.

Says Beadles Sales Manager Joe Castleberry, “Beadles Lumber Company has partnered with Deltec Homes to provide the most premier Southern Yellow Pine on the planet. We are thrilled to have our product utilized to its full potential and share in the pride of an unmatched finished product.”

This is quality. This is what makes up the structural elements of every Deltec home: #1 Structural Dense Select MSR Southern Yellow Pine, 2400 PSI, the strongest framing material available. This is one of the many reasons why we can stand 100% behind our homes: our building system utilizes the highest quality and strongest construction materials available.

The absolute superior quality of the materials used to build a Deltec, together with the round shape and the fortified engineering, translate to a dramatic increase in durability, especially under the extreme stresses caused by destructive weather such as hurricanes and high winds.

“In order to build the highest quality homes, you have to start with the highest quality materials,” says John Nicholson, Director of Purchasing and Manufacturing for Deltec. “That is the reason we’ve been partnered with Beadles Lumber for over a decade. Our roof and floor trusses are unmatched in strength and quality because every stick of lumber used has been tested and inspected to standards that are above-grade in the industry. Beadles Lumber has a long tradition and reputation of maintaining the highest quality in the production of southern yellow pine dimensional lumber.  We are proud to have them as our partner.”

Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Mother Earth News Fair made its Southeastern debut at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in a huge, sustainable living event with more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations, including a talk by Deltec president Steve Linton, “Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today.” Deltec’s ties with Mother Earth News magazine go back well over twenty years, based on a foundation of aligned values. In fact, Bryan Welch, publisher of  Mother Earth News, has said that Deltec Homes is the oldest advertiser with the magazine, so it’s not surprising that Linton was invited to present for the fourth time.

An appreciative and attentive audience of over 200 attended Linton’s presentation, which we have made available on our website. While it’s not the same as seeing it in person, we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to download the presentation.

Just click here to safely and automatically download the file. And of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at roundhouse@deltechomes.com.

Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina Victims Re-Build, Live Confidently with Deltec Homes

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Two of the worst hurricanes in history claimed the homes of two families who are confident they won’t fall victim to another storm, thanks to their Deltec homes.

Hurricane Hugo, one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the coast of the Carolinas, caused roughly $7 billion of damage. Among the damaged homes were Jim Stallworth’s family farm in St. Mathews, S.C. and his parent’s newly renovated home in Charleston.

Left, Jim and Peggy Stallworth's Deltec has survived three significant hurricanes without damage. Right, Tom and Debbie Cole's Deltec survived Hurricane Isaac with 50 hours of high winds and eight feet of water below the house.

“It was awful,” said Jim’s wife, Peggy. “Jim’s parents had just renovated and their new HVAC system, appliances and elevator all had to be replaced again. They were without power for over two weeks and Charleston streets were piled two-stories high with debris. Then, the storm went right over his family’s farm house and a huge pine tree fell on the sleeping porch.”

In the midst of the tragedy, Jim and Peggy remember hearing about two nearby homes that were virtually untouched by the storm—both were Deltec homes.

After the storm, Jim set up a meeting for them to go see a Deltec home in person and they were sold. To date, they have been through three more significant hurricanes and have never suffered any structural damage.

“We never even had to replace the screen on our porch and its 13 years old,” said Peggy.

Similarly, Tom and Debbie Cole made the decision to build a hurricane resistant home after their Waveland, Miss. home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

“After Hurricane Katrina vaporized our home, Debbie and I began searching for a replacement that would be less likely to be severely damaged by another storm,” said Tom.

An article in a New Orleans newspaper about a home that could withstand winds of over 180 miles per hour drew their attention to Deltec. “We were sold on the quality of the construction and the ability to design exactly what we wanted in our future retirement home,” said Tom.

Since Hurricane Katrina, Tom and Debbie’s home has proven its strength against other storms. “We survived Hurricane Isaac with 50 hours of high winds and eight feet of water below the house. Our storage shed was destroyed, but our home was untouched,” Tom said. “We are very happy with the final product.”

Deltec highlights five key elements in their design:

Shape: The circular shape and angled roof allow winds to flow around the house, dramatically reducing the air pressure on exterior walls and diminishing the risk of collapse or damage.

Engineering: The roof and floor trusses radiate from the center of the house, helping it remain intact by spreading the force of high winds throughout the structure instead of allowing it to build up in one area.

Connections: Deltec focuses on three key potential points of failure due to high winds —roof to walls, walls to floor, and floor to foundation. To ensure connections are as tight as possible, they use truss hangers that are much stronger than those required by most building codes.

Material excellence: Deltec homes are framed with lumber that is more than twice as strong as traditional framing lumber. Their structural sheathing meet the hurricane impact test of Miami-Dade County, which has the strictest hurricane building codes in the country.

Sustainability: Deltec can incorporate efficiencies like passive heating and cooling, solar hot water and high-performance insulation. This contributes to energy cost savings and will sustain the home’s occupants in the event that local utilities and infrastructure are crippled.

Learn more about Deltec Homes and hurricane-resistant houses.

Deltec’s Best of 2013

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s official—2014 is off to a gallop here at Deltec, with every indication that this will be our busiest year since 2008. But 2013 was no slacker year either! We’ve gone through our files and selected, for your enjoyment, the projects that took us to places full of fun and beauty, as well as the biggest, the smallest and the most unusual. We’re not your average prefab home builder, and our list reflects the variety and individuality of our homeowners.

Most Eco-Friendly Home: 1st Renew Collection Home
Fall of 2013 saw us celebrating the first home sold from our new line of high performance and net-zero homes, The Renew Collection. This sleek Ridgeline model will be built in Virginia in the spring of 2014. Our homeowner chose our signature double stud wall for maximum R value, the most efficient choice for high performance homes. The Ridgeline was also our most ‘vetted’ home—both the son and the daughter of this homeowner are LEED professionals and, after careful scrutiny of the plans, gave their seal of approval for mom to purchase a Renew Collection home.

The Most DIY / Smallest Residential Structure: 2-Story 300 sq ft Hampton model = 600 sq ft
Located near Appalachian State University in Western North Carolina, this 600 sq ft tiny home is a work in progress. The shell was built almost completely DIY by our newlywed homeowners, with plenty of help from family and friends.  Said newlywed husband Zaak, “The main reason we chose Deltec was the affordability, but the unique design, customization options and the ability to construct it without professional help were all important factors as well.” Zak and a crew of 8 put the walls up without using heavy equipment. Everything else was done by Zaak and his father, with some assistance from their wives.  We say, “What a way to start a marriage!”

Most Extreme Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Brrr, what do you choose when you are going to build your home in the city that holds the record of the coldest capital on the planet? Winters are long and harsh in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and last about seven months, with -40°F a common occurrence. The subarctic climate means both day and night time temperatures fluctuate within a wide range even in the arc of a single day—in spring and summer, they can range daily from 23°F at dawn to  86°F in the afternoon! Deltecs proven resistance to temperature extremes played a large part in the decision to build with us. Floor plans will be finalized soon and the homes will ship before summer’s end 2014. You might even say we went back to our roots with these clients, since Deltecs were inspired by yurts! Our Mongolian guests recently visited our plant facilities, as well as several Deltec structures.

Most Exotic Use: Ten Hampton Models for a Resort in Gabon, Africa
Ten Deltec Hampton models will serve as individual bungalows in a resort community. At 300 sq ft each, they are the perfect size for independent, exotic vacation bungalows, each featuring a bedroom, sitting area, bath and kitchenette.

Most Unusual Deltec: Rotating B&B ‘Around the Sea
Intriguing, indeed: Our first rotating Deltec home was built on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Homeowners Steve and Stephanie Arnold had plans to construct a round 5,000-square-foot Deltec home for use as a bed and breakfast. Shortly before the design process began, Steve approached us with the idea of a rotating home and thus began our journey to create the world’s first rotating bed and breakfast. Deltec partnered with E Rotating Structures to adapt their 35-ton steel rotating platform to fit the round Deltec structure. After months of collaboration and design efforts, Steve and Stephanie were ready to take in guests in July 2013. Now, from an app on his iPhone, Steve can rotate his bed and breakfast 360-degrees, giving every suite an opportunity for an ocean view. A full rotation takes about 45 minutes. It’s so smooth and quiet, you can’t even tell it’s moving!

Most Amazing Staircase: Unique Spiral Staircase
The home that shipped to Gabon, Africa is sure to give you a severe case of staircase envy. The beautiful 14 foot diameter Half Turn stair, made of 100% Sapele (sa-PEE-lee) Mahogany, was handcrafted by Unique Spiral Stairs. The process time for this stair was over 14 weeks! It was shipped assembled (with the exception of rails and balusters), fully sanded and ready for installation in an open-to-below Deltec Windsor model, still under construction.

The Biggest: Over 6,000 sq ft of Energy Efficient Living
As is often the case with homeowners who build in an isolated area, these homeowners aimed to create a welcoming haven that offered plenty of space for relaxed living, including areas for both their preferred activities and work. A 2-story Vista (5,000 sq ft total) featuring an open-to-below window array on the front of the home blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, bringing the panorama in.  The east wing will lead directly into the master bedroom on the first floor, which has it’s own deck. The west wing is all about work, with the inclusion of a mudroom with washer and dryer between the garage and the main house. The homeowners have cattle, so also planned for plenty of storage space for tools in this wing, with an office just around the corner.  Another consideration in choosing a Deltec home was their inherent energy efficiency, as well as our sustainable manufacturing methods.
This home also boasts the most coveted feature: the east wing will have a lap pool with a spa connected to it!

Top Foreign Location for Deltec Sales: The Caribbean
Bahamas and the US Virgin islands tied for the top Caribbean locations, and that’s not surprising, considering the climates and severe weather patterns. Our homeowners were sold on Deltec’s proven record of hurricane resistant homes, which is repeatedly put to the test every year in tropical locations such as these. If you were building in a hurricane prone area, wouldn’t you want a home able to stand up to category 5 hurricanes?

Most Recreational: Two Summer Camps
Both Camp Tekawitha, in Alabama, and Upper Missouri Ministries Camp & Retreat Center, in North Dakota, chose to go with Deltec for their design flexibility and energy efficiency. Camp Tekawitha built a Monterey with wing for a chapel and dining hall+meeting room. Upper Missouri Ministries chose the same Monterey, building two with wings for chapel and dorm space.

Most Educational: Francine Delany New School for Children
With the addition of this 2,500 sq ft Vista model, Francine Delany New School for Children brought their campus total up to three Deltec buildings. Buffy Fowler, Principal and one of the founding members of the school, says they chose Deltec for their extreme flexibility and sustainability, while project architect Robert Todd says, “On the market today, in my opinion, a Deltec structure for a school is the most effective solution to provide a quality learning environment for the kids. Our experience has shown we can deliver a stronger, more efficient envelope , with abundant natural light using Deltec. We can build with a shorter construction period and lower costs than any other method.”

Best ‘Rebuild’: Jersey Strong in a Deltec
It only takes losing your home to a hurricane once to know you need to build it better. These homeowners chose to build a Deltec home to replace the traditional home they lost in Hurricane Sandy because of our tried-and-true record of never having lost a single home to high winds of any kind, thanks to our inherently aerodynamic shape, and our special high wind construction package. They also wisely decided to put their Deltec Sierra model on pilings, a safeguard against high water should they find themselves in another storm of such epic proportions. (Not pictured.)

Top banner, clockwise from top left: The Most DIY / Smallest Residential Structure; Most Eco-Friendly Home: 1st Renew Collection Home; The Biggest: Over 6,000 sq ft of Energy Efficient Living; Most Recreational: Two Summer Camps; Most Educational: Francine Delany New School For Children; Most Unusual Deltec: Rotating B&B ‘Around the Sea’;  Most Exotic Use: Ten Hampton Models for a Resort in Gabon, Africa; Most Amazing Staircase: By Unique Spiral Stairs. Footer photos, from the left: Top Foreign Location for Deltec Sales: The Caribbean; Most Extreme Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Our Mongolian visitors toured our plant facilities and model home, as well as a local school.