New CA Modular Home Builder S2A Leverages Tesla Powerwall for Homes and Hotels

There’s a new California modular home builder in the housing and hotel market offering what the company hopes will “shatter the world’s conventional thought on construction.

There’s a new California modular home builder in the housing and hotel market offering what the company hopes will “shatter the world’s conventional thought on the way residential and commercial buildings are designed and constructed.”

The California-based company, S2A Modular, is introducing what it calls the #GreenLuxHome, the “first-ever electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury home” with “high-end designs and materials, faster construction speed, self-sustaining power … and smart-connected living.”

Construction and Real Estate Experience

Rowland has 30 years of home construction experience. Kuzdas has 30 years of brokerage experience, having started out selling apartments in Chicago.

When they studied the modular method of construction — which can turn out stronger buildings faster and cheaper than traditional site-built construction methods — they thought it would be a good idea to form a partnership and build a factory for a new modular product, Kuzdas said.

Anything but Cookie-Cutter

Though all the units will be built in a factory, S2A will not use a “cookie-cutter” approach. The company offers dozens of new modular single-family home designs, with the option to make even more custom changes. Home sizes can vary from a 600-square-foot accessory dwelling unit to a 10,000-square-foot mansion.

The price of each home will vary based on design but will cost less per square foot than a comparable stick-built home. And upgrades for things like cabinets and counter tops will cost less than similar upgrades in the traditional housing market. That’s thanks to the efficiencies of modular construction, he said.

Tesla Powerwall Central to Home Efficiencies

The core of S2A’s modular design is the Tesla Powerwall, which stores electricity generated from solar tiles. Using this battery to power a home requires modern, energy-efficient windows, doors and other components. This arrangement eliminates energy costs — in fact, utility companies might even pay the homeowners for contributing energy to the grid, according to S2A.

“This is the future of housing in general,” Kuzdas said. “If you take a Tesla battery and put it in a home built in the ’50s, forget about it. It’s not as energy efficient.”

He’s excited about the overall benefits of modular construction.

“I love what’s going on right now,” Kuzdas said. “Modular is a great way to build. It’s not much different than the traditional method, it’s just that you’re building inside. You don’t have to take weekends off. You don’t wait out rain. That’s where you create efficiencies.”

Net Zero Hotels

S2A Modular is combining its modular building techniques with Tesla energy storage technology to make net zero hotels not only possible but affordable as well. What S2A Modular is doing has the potential to dramatically change the industry.

An 80-room hotel is already under development in northern California. It will require zero power from the grid and in fact could end up supplying electricity back to the grid—all thanks to Tesla technology and a modular structure engineered to be highly efficient.

The hotel will use a Tesla Powerpack to store energy for nighttime hours. Storage units are scaled up to meet the size of the hotel and its energy demands. Rowland says the hotels will incorporate smart technology to help minimize energy consumption.

Cost is always a factor when building hotels, but Rowland says developers can cut 8 percent to 10 percent over traditional construction by using the methods engineered by S2A Modular. “A lot of that comes from the time savings,” he says.

S2A Modular is proving that modular construction and solar technology are great matches for one another—a great way to reduce the carbon impact of homes and hotels and easily the story of the year so far. For more information on S2A Modular, check them out at:

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