Whirlpool Appliances Go Into Sustainable Kit-Built Homes
The Whirlpool Corporation announced last month that its Whirlpool brand energy-efficient appliances will be featured in the 12,000 affordable, sustainable homes expected to be built from kits in 15 states over the next two years starting in January.
The American Sustainability Initiative — or AmeriSus, for short — is aiming at making eco-conscious, energy-efficient homes more affordable for the average home builder by resurrecting the “kit home” concept that was popularized by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in the first half of the 20th century.
“We selected Whirlpool brand appliances for our sustainable home designs because we know Whirlpool Corporation is committed to producing high-quality, energy-efficient products,” said Charles Kamps, managing director of AmeriSus. “They have an excellent reputation and years of global experience — more reasons we are happy to have them as a part of our team in this venture.”
Based in Philadelphia, AmeriSus is a consortium of design and development professionals focused on providing creative designs and materials for energy-efficient homes that are within the price range of the average American home buyer. The idea is to reduce the environmental impact of the housing while offering home owners more reasonable home prices and lower utility bills.
Home kits enable builders to optimize such pre-construction activities as design, engineering, procurement and logistics. Everything from nuts and bolts to appliances and finishes are included as part of one complete building package available through AmeriSus’ proprietary Ready Build System.
An ever-growing line of architectural layouts is available for builders and home buyers on the AmeriSus Web site, which also provides selections and upgrades in such areas as appliances, flooring, fixtures and energy systems.
AmeriSus selected its products, materials and services from more than 30 “Best-in-Class” companies — such as Whirlpool, IKEA and FedEx — that epitomize sustainability in their products and daily operations.
“We are thrilled to partner with AmeriSus in this exciting new sustainable building venture,” said Mitchell Isert, North Atlantic contract division director at Whirlpool. “Whirlpool is a strong proponent of sustainable building, and this is a wonderful opportunity to make sustainably built homes available to a wider variety of people.”
When the selection process has been completed, AmeriSus will ship all of the design plans, building materials and finishes to the home site, saving several steps for builders.
Headquartered in Benton Harbor, Mich., Whirlpool is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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