Last week, the North Avenue Co-op, a resident owned and operated mobile home park, received a delivery of the first VERMOD to enter the park. VERMODs are energy efficient modular homes that produce as much energy as they use. They are targeted towards replacing mobile homes, which generally are energy inefficient and tend to cost their primarily low-income residents a disproportionate amount of their income to heat.
The homes are equipped with solar panels on the roofs and are made with high-quality materials that decrease heating and electricity costs. The homes are eligible for up to $50,000 in incentives from the Burlington Electric Department, Champlain Housing Trust, and others, though for many residents living in mobile homes, the price tag may still be too steep. The modular home will serve as a show room for residents to tour and is currently for sale.