River Vine Blog

Check out our River Vine Blog for the latest tips and topics on building modular prefab green homes.

Raising Your IAQ

We spend as much as 90% of our days indoors—and more than half of that is spent inside our homes. Surprisingly, the air inside even the cleanest home can be as much as ten times more polluted than the air outside. 

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Creating a Sustainable Site

As Earth Day approaches, we’re reminded how closely people and the planet are entwined. Everything we do—or don’t do—can impact the environment, either positively or negatively. 

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5 Benefits of a Cool Roof

At River Vine, achieving Zero Net Energy starts at the top—with a cool roof. Our high performance cool roofing system was custom-prefabricated to River Vine’s precise measurements and design, then installed on each module at our AMS factory in Manteca. After the final West Wing modules are set at the building site in Lodi, seams will be hot-air welded together to form a weathertight seal.

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Spotlight on ELEMENT by Tech Lighting

For 25 years, Tech Lighting has been the industry leader in low-voltage lighting systems and contemporary decorative fixtures. The premier lighting brand of choice for architects, designers and design-conscious homeowners, Tech Lighting has an innovative portfolio of products, including ELEMENT, a refined line of specification-grade downlights smartly engineered for a wide variety of commercial and residential applications.

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Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings Time is back, giving most of us another hour of daylight for the next six months. Studies have shown that humans are drawn to, and thrive, in environments infused with natural light. We’re happier, healthier and more productive in bright, sunny spaces, so it makes sense that, as builders and homeowners, we want to add sunlight to rooms where we spend our time.

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Delivery Day at River Vine!

It was the day we’d been anticipating for months. Led by a California Highway Patrol escort, our proprietary AMS transports wound their way from the factory in Manteca to California Wine Country, bringing our River Vine modules home to Lodi.

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River Vine’s Heating and Cooling System is Simply Radiant

When River Vine began to look at the most efficient, effective and sustainable building opportunities available for homes today, the idea of radiant floors came to the forefront. Hydronic radiant technology consists of warm or cool water flowing through a network of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing embedded under the floor. When the system is in heating mode, the warmth radiates up from the floor surface, warming people and objects with a comfort and indoor environmental quality that is far superior to any other method of heating a home. When the system is in cooling mode, the cooler water draws in the surrounding heat to pull heat from the floor’s surface and, in turn, cool people and objects that come in contact with the area.

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Spotlight on Uponor

For more than 40 years, Uponor has been the leader in PEX plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping and pre-insulated piping systems for single-family, multifamily and commercial structures around the world. The core of Uponor systems feature flexible, durable and cost-effective crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing and ProPEX® expansion fittings that are ideal for use in new construction, remodel and retrofit applications, providing solutions that conserve energy and water, reduce heating and cooling costs, support sustainable building practices and provide superior performance..

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