In the prefab world, Ecocor is a pioneer in Passive Houses. Their collection of prefab homes are incredibly energy-efficient and net zero-ready. Depending on the option you choose, your home may be completely Passive House certified.
Ecocor designs, creates, delivers and installs energy-efficient structures in North America. As a result, their homes are low carbon and net zero-ready. Headquartered in Searsmont, Maine, the company has been building Passive Houses for more than a decade.
In 2014, the company became the first in North America to create prefab Passive Houses and the first to become a manufacturer of Passive House components outside of Europe. Some of their Passive House components are certified by Germany’s Passive House Institute.
Their structural details and their roof, foundation and wall designs are all patent pending. When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s hard to beat an Ecocor home. The company’s system reduces energy consumption by as much as 90%.
Ecocor designs and manufactures homes for buyers all over the world. Their New England location means that they are familiar with cold climates and are more than capable of producing homes that are suitable for Canada and Europe.
The heart of the Ecocor system is their Enclosure Systems, also known as shells.
Ecocor has two options for enclosure systems, and either one can be used for any of their homes (custom or pre-designed).
The Passive Haus enclosure system is designed to meet Passive House standards. These homes are incredibly energy efficient. Depending on your location, size and budget, you may find that a fully Passive House is your best option.
The Passive enclosure offers:
Passiv Shell homes have the Ecocor PassivWall, which is designed to create an airtight, insulated space that’s vapor-open and uses cellulose insulation that’s mineral borate-treated and fiberized.
There are two wall options for Passiv Shell homes.
Passiv 4 (R-58.6)
Passiv 6 (R-65)
The Passiv 6 wall system offers all of the same features, but has 2×6 SPF instead.
For the roof, these homes use the Ecocor PassivRoof system. Together with the PassivWall system, this home offers excellent energy efficiency and insulation.
If you’re looking for an energy efficient home but not necessarily a home that meets all Passive House standards, the Optima enclosure may be the best option for you.
The Optima enclosure offers:
Optima wall systems are both water-resistant and airtight. The structural layer is comprised of the sheathed 1/2″ Huber Zip system. The continuous layer of Gutex fiberboard insulation on the exterior eliminates the need for a thermal bridge and is vapor open.
The Mento 3000 TEEE membrane and Rainscreen add to the water system’s water resistance.
The wall system options include:
The Optima 16 panelized roof is entirely waterproof, airtight and vapor open. In addition, they offer an R60 insulation value, and the Plus Vapor membrane helps regulate humidity.
According to Ecocor, a Passive House can be built on any type of foundation. Their options include:
The company’s proprietary foundation system is the Ecocor PassivSlab. This is a raft slab system made out of borate-treated expanded polystyrene (EPS). The system is certified by the International Passive House Institute.
A pier foundation system is also available.
Ecocor imports high-quality European windows. Their options include:
Ecocor has several door options for their homes:
Lift and slide doors as well as bifold doors are also available.
The Solsken base collection includes homes in a wide range of sizes. All of the homes in this collection can be customized to meet your needs, although some tweaks may come at a higher cost.
What’s not included with an Ecocor home?
If you can’t find a pre-designed home that meets your needs, Ecocor also offers custom builds. Choose the design, size and style that meet your needs and lifestyle.
Once your design has been finalized, Ecocor orders the windows and doors for the home. The panels are built in their facility. The doors and windows are installed, the panels are then racked and placed on a trailer for shipment.
At the job site, the panels are assembled by the general contractor. An Ecocor Site Supervisor will also be on hand to make sure the home is built to the company’s Passive House standards.
It takes just 4-6 weeks to build a home in the company’s facility.
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