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Historically Inspired … Historically Green

New World Home is an advisory group and award-winning producer of sustainable prefabricated housing. New World Home collaborates primarily with commercial developers, residential developers, real estate investment companies, governments and local municipalities. Converging advanced building science with ultra-efficient manufacturing methods and authentic architectural design, the venture advocates for universal integration of Passive House (Passivhaus) performance standards within the global prefab industry and supports several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as identified by the World Green Building Council.

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Newly Released Book Features Multiple New World Home Projects

Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home featuring multiple New World Home projects has been released and is currently hitting bookstores around the country. The widely anticipated sequel to Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building & Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home includes a forward written by Robert Redford and features 32 of the greenest projects in the nation. New World Home is honored to be the only builder/designer to have multiple projects included in this prestigious array of green homes.

Prefabulous series author Sheri Koones illustrates the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes – houses that are not only environmentally friendly but also function on a fraction of the energy required by most houses, and additionally are more comfortable, healthier, quieter inside and far cheaper to operate. New World Home projects highlighted in the book include homes in East Hampton, NY; World Financial Center, NYC – Crystal Springs, NJ and Oldwick, NJ.

Tyler Schmetterer, Co-Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer of New World Home says, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Sheri Koones and furthering our collective pursuit of promoting historic green milestones in the residential building industry.” Schmetterer adds, “With our shared commitment to sustainable housing and the ongoing support of homeowners like former Gov. Whitman’s family, the Prefabulous books will invariably bring greater awareness of the inherent advantages of green prefab housing and further encourage mainstream use of factory-built construction to provide healthier and more sustainable homes.”

Praise for Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid

“We need to learn from our past mistakes regarding energy consumption and embrace new ways to reduce our needs. It’s time for everyone to consider more clean energy options in our lives. Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home will inspire and help you do that.” – Robert Redford, Environmentalist, Actor, Director

“You can build a high quality, environmentally friendly and efficient home at a reasonable price with a look and feel of a traditional home. Advancements like those used in our house and the other houses in this book will transform the homebuilding industry.” – Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

 Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid is published by Abrams Books and is available online and in bookstores around the country.

New Jersey Shore: Modular Construction Helping to Rebuild Homes Destroyed by Sandy

By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger

Updated March 30, 2019

The Star-Ledger, NJ’s largest online newspaper, today published an update on the New Jersey Shore rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Sandy. The Home & Garden article features multiple New World Home regional projects. Tyler Schmetterer, New World Home Co-Founder, describes how these and other projects are contributing to the architectural integrity and safety of future generations of NJ homeowners.

In western New Jersey, there’s a high-profile supporter of modular building in former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. On the family’s Tewksbury farmstead, Whitman’s daughter Kate lives in a traditionally styled modular home with her husband, Craig Annis, and their four children. For Whitman, who also headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the dwelling exemplifies how modular construction can produce highly energy-efficient “green” dwellings designed to mesh with historic areas.


[Caption] A modular farmhouse, traditionally designed by New World Home on the farm owned by former NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman

The Whitman-Annis house, with its steel roof, conforms to requirements of the Oldwick Historic District in which it is located, says Tyler Schmetterer, founding partner of New World Home, which built the house. “The architecture is equally important as the green attributes,” he says.

Behind the facade of a traditional farmhouse, builders installed bamboo floors, a re- claimed-wood kitchen island, water-conserving kitchen and bathroom fixtures, energy- efficient appliances and other features. “When we design something, we want it to look like it’s been there 150 years,” Schmetterer says.

[Caption] Country Living magazine’s House of the Year in 2010 was this 1,607-square-foot modular cottage designed by New World Home. It was first shown in New York City and then moved to Crystal Springs Resort in Hardystown.

On a verdant lot in Sussex County, another New World Home design had been a model house at Crystal Springs Resort, an example of what could be built in the area. Created in partnership with Crystal Springs and in collaboration with Country Living to produce the magazine’s annual House of the Year in 2010, the 1,607-square- foot cottage spent two weeks as an exhibition at Manhattan’s World Financial Center that year. Then it was disassembled and trucked to its present location in Hardystown.

The model cottage, which sold last year, stands as an example of the sturdiness of modular houses, Schmetterer says. “The modules are independently strong and reinforced by the rest of the house.” The sturdiness of a well-engineered modular structure also makes it a good solution for those building in hurricane-prone areas, he says. “Our stock home is built to withstand 120-miles-per-hour wind. In the Hamptons, that’s code. New Jersey is going to have to do the same thing,” Schmetterer says. “Look what Sandy did at 70 miles per hour. The homes have to be able to withstand these storms.”

NJ Monthly: Prefab Goes Green with New World Home

By Lauren Payne/New Jersey Monthly

Prefab: Easy Being Green / Home & Garden Special –  The family of former NJ governor and Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine (“Christie”) Todd Whitman wanted a house that looked like it had always been part of its bucolic surrounding, but ecologically state-of-the-art. They found what they needed – in a factory with New World Home.

A factory-made farmhouse delivers old-fashioned looks and up-to-the-minute style and environmental savvy.

Having participated in the process from start to finish, Governor Whitman says she is well satisfied. “We’d been searching the market for many years for an authentic green prefab housing company that incorporates traditional architecture,” she says. “My family and I were very excited when we connected with New World Home since the company is clearly making great strides in transforming the home building industry.”

Tyler Schmetterer, Co-Founder of New World Home says, “With our collective commitment to the environment and the support of Governor Whitman and her wonderful family, this project is a testament to the current state of green prefab design and manufacturing in this country.”

This New House on DIY Network Features New World Home

This New House on the DIY network checks out the so-called “New Old Green Modular” home. It’s all about respect for architectural heritage, 21st-century amenities and performance exceeding certification standards, all on a schedule that makes these homes move-in ready in just a few weeks.

This New House will air the original New World Home segment on the DIY Network on November 15, 2015 at 7:30pm E/P and again on December 18, 2015 at 7:00 E/P.

The episode, aptly entitled “Brave New World”, includes a house tour of the NJ Governor Whitman family home with a founding partner of New World Home.


  • November 15, 2015  7:30 PM e/p
  • December 18, 2015  7:00 PM e/p

CNN Features New World Home

CNBC Features New World Home: Are Factory-Built Homes the Future?

New World Home featured live on-air in the CNBC studio.

“You may think you only have two choices when buying a home, right? A home someone else has lived in, a used home, and a new home built by a developer. There’s a third alternative, a prefabricated custom home. That market is growing. How big might is become? Let’s ask New World Home.” – Brian Sullivan/CNBC

New World Home Featured in New Jersey & Company

New World Home Featured in New Jersey & Company

COVER STORY: New World Home brings affordable, green, modular housing to New Jersey (and beyond)

“After years of research and development, New World Home recently unveiled its affordable Essential Housing™ product line. Today, the company, working with five manufacturers across the country, offers homebuyers myriad home-design options, all of which offer the highest possible energy savings and usage of Earth-friendly materials. Details like metal roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, dual-flush toilets, and use of low-VOC paints, stains, and finishes are standard energy-saving mechanisms that allow homeowners to save about 60 percent on their energy bills and more than 50 percent of their water usage.”


Factory Factor
Modular homes are still considered radical by many builders, but there’s a middle ground between box module and stick-built that they are starting to warm up to. We are of course referring to panelized walls, roof systems, and other prefab components as a means of moderating costs, reducing job site waste, and improving quality with structural pieces that aren’t exposed to weather for long stretches of time. Whereas “factory built” was once considered synonymous with “trailer park,” houses today that incorporate panelized design are nearly impossible to distinguish from conventionally built homes once they’re stitched up. And, contrary to some lingering bias, the prefab stuff is not invariably contemporary. Many factory-built homes now come in traditional styles such as Georgian, colonial, and even Victorian.

Homes in the Country Living Collection by New World Home are about as traditional as they come and – surprise! — they’re modular. The portfolio includes five house plans ranging from 1,100 to 2,300 square feet.

To view the entire Country Living Green Modular Collection of homes click here

New York House Magazine recently wrote an article on the top 10 players who are making an impact by creating a more sustainable built environment. New World Home’s own Mark Jupiter and Tyler Schmetterer make the list:

Mark Jupiter and Tyler Schmetterer

Co-Founders, New World Home Mark Jupiter and Tyler Schmetterer, Skidmore College roommates who have been best friends for over 25 years, pooled their resources to launch New World Home with the belief that their green modular homes can transform the housing industry. New World Home builds and delivers homes that are historically inspired, affordably priced, and exceed the highest green standards in the industry. Its New Old Green Modulars (NOGMs) have achieved LEED Platinum and NAHB Emerald certification, without relying on costly renewable energy sources (e.g. solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal systems, etc.). Through superior building science, smart design, and an ultra-tight building envelope, the homes achieve a minimum of 50-percent-plus energy savings over a typical site-built home from day 1. Having built several NOGMs in New York, Georgia, and New Jersey, the company has a program to expand nationally through a turnkey licensing program to provide “on-demand housing”—working with developers, builders, landowners, and realtors to create regionally appropriate, sustainable housing. Because its homes have such a short building timeline, there is no longer the need for speculative building. This “on-demand housing” model, the executives feel, will become quite popular. New World Home is building a home in New Jersey for the former Governor and Head of the EPA Christie Todd Whitman’s family. It’s on target to be the first LEED Platinum and NAHB Emerald factory-built home in that state.

Read more:New York House – The Faces of Green

In an article titled “Future Cozy”  – New World Home’s Hudson Model is featured in New Jersey Monthly Magazine:

While the home design and building industry have embraced many green concepts, the resulting abodes often have been modern, sterile boxes with minimal creature comforts. That does not have to be the case. Tyler Schmetterer and his business partner, Mark Jupiter, have designed and built an extensive line of modular—yes, as in pre-fab—homes that are on target to be certified LEED Platinum, the highest certification awarded. Their Jersey City-based company, New World Home, is a fast-growing producer of sustainable, factory-built, site-assembled homes that are country classics.

Our basic principle is traditional architecture converged with state-of-the-art energy performance,” says Schmetterer. In other words, new homes that look like 200-year-old farmhouses that combine green ideas with all the bells and whistles of today.

“There is a misconception that a green home has to be über contemporary,” says Schmetterer. “So many green homes look like rocket ships. There’s nothing soft and warm and cozy in them.”

To read the full article click here