My recent visit to Hope Valley RV Resort in Salem, Oregon was to see how a community of Park Models was planned and constructed. I was told to go see in its early development. Originally Hope Valley was an old KOA campground for travel trailers. The owners decided to rebuild this campground and transformed it into streets of Tiny House for Village concept. It is advertised as “Simplify your lifestyles in our upscale “tiny home” community. The lots are Land Leased, with specific footprints for a Tiny Home owner to choose one of their the different floor plans. A Tiny House size is 12’ x 36’ front porch model size with a loft. The Homes all have long-lasting metal roofs and are built by Palm Harbor factory which is a few miles down the I-5 freeway in Millersburg, OR. The Tiny House is becoming more prevalent in its acceptance. More and more communities of Tiny houses appears to have a future for affordable housing solutions to meet citizens expectations for alternative housing.

April 2014 home built

Recently completed a 2000 sq ft Modular Home on 3 acres in Paso Robles, CA. This is projected to operate at Practically ZERO utility cost in this climate zone.

This Modular Home won a “CA ADVANCED HOME” rebate from PGE

If one were to try and build a better house. One must start with the building envelope for all residential housing to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE). It is financial risk for an architect, builder to prove the home performance prior to living in the home to the homeowner. Traditional construction has a history of failure for energy efficiency and high cost to operate house. A high performance house requires new design and construction techniques, a tighter building envelope, new types of insulations with little historical data performance history. A tighter building envelope and will result in lower cost to operate the home buyer or for a remodel of an existing home. The other added benefits are to create a more comfortable home living environment in multiple different climates zones with good indoor air quality.

The factory type of (ZNE) construction can make a real difference for proven energy efficiency houses. A factory uses a protected environment to construct its houses from inclement weather. The factory uses computer operated machines (CNC) to close the tolerances of construction connection points for the body of the building envelope on the assembly line. The factory finished units is pre-tested using test equipment prior to its delivery. The actual travel for delivery of the unit moves over highways (vibration testing) and 60 miles an hour (wind tests) to its destination job home site. In the book, “Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes – Volume 1” by Edward Dean one of Modular Lifestyles factory built houses was one of five selected to be a Case Study. Our affordable factory built house has the same equal footing in this (5) unit Case Study comparison for (ZNE) home performance to other site builder’s homes.

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I feel this article describes the type of home most people are demanding today. The article’s checklist is useful for those considering buying a new or used home.

Nov 13, 2014

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The New Normal in Action: Energy Efficiency on the Ground

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Newport Pacific Capital, a national full-service property management company catering to the MHP and RV/Marina industries, and affiliate Modular Lifestyles, Inc., teamed up with Cavco Industries to build an “off grid” home product that would help to change the old “trailer park” image of their industry.  The “Quest” Off Grid home has been travelling around California for the past two years as a featured attraction at tradeshows and expos to showcase affordable “green” solar-powered living.

The “Quest” Off Grid home has many energy efficient features, including a Solar PV System and a propane tank to charge the deep cell marine batteries. The house includes standard 110V outlets, allowing easy use of every-day household appliances by residents.  Sustainable cork flooring, recycled furniture products, and specialized insulation are also on display.  An additional option for the Quest home is an incinerator toilet that does not rely on water or plumbing to operate.

The only thing required to live “off the grid” in a Modular Lifestyles Quest home is a source for water and a location for the home to sit.  With the increased interest in tiny houses, many visitors to the Quest home are expressing that they could easily live in this small 400sf factory built home, as it offers the design, floor plan and features that are key to homeowner acceptance.

The “Quest” Off Grid home model has also been on display at numerous Newport Pacific properties to promote new home construction within those communities.  Many manufactured housing communities have suffered from severe image problems, due to large part by empty lots and older HUD homes in dire need of replacement. The Quest home brings awareness of and renewed interest in these communities while demonstrating an alternative home product and lifestyle to residents and visitors alike. Modular Lifestyles has worked directly with the community owner to build and install these unique, award winning HUD homes on their empty lots. The new homes then continue to generate interest in the community that was originally initiated by the Quest home.  The goal has been to create successful, thriving communities with filled lots and new residents, and its working.

For more information on this unique solar-powered, off grid home, or any of our other products and services, contact Newport Pacific and/or Modular Lifestyles at

As presented to MHI National Congress Workshop held April 28th, 2014

Comparison Study of a Santa Clarita, CA HUD homes. Santa Clarita is located in the Ca. Energy Commissions rank of 14 (16 being the harshest climate). It is a dry arid desert climate.

The 2012/2013 Modular Lifestyles brand of proven high performance energy efficient homes versus a 2001 Fleetwood brand of HUD home. The chart clearly shows the annual electrical cost each owner paid during the entire year. The savings from Modular Lifestyles highly insulated solar powered homes were substantial to the 2001 Fleetwood. The community owner received the extra kWh back into their master meter community. The 2001 Fleetwood HUD insulation standard for this home was based on HUD 1994 standards and it was R-11 (Blown cellulose) in attic, R- 11 Fiberglass in the 2”x 4” walls and R-20 Fiberglass in the raised floor. This home does not have A/C. The one exception Space 63 Modular Lifestyles home did not have Solar due to a 300 year Oak tree shadow cast across the roof however it does have A/C. Its cost was 1/2 as much as the 2001 Fleetwood home.



  1. Reduced Community Electrical Park Load
  2. Tenant  savings remarkable
  3. The existing electrical infrastructure reduced impact
  4. A/C now available where none existed in a Dry Arid Climate
  5. Waiting list occur when new homes come into the community
  6. Electrical savings like this not offered in other housing choices.