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"You have to listen to your client and help them realize what their
dream is - we just make it happen," he says. "So we cannot take the
credit. It's about having an ear to the feedback you are given."
Through daily interactions - including emails, phone calls
and meetings - that feedback has varied over the years as far as
what clients ask for, Huot says. "In 2008 through 2010, it was
about building well-insulated houses because oil prices were
pretty high," he says. "Today, we're seeing people scale that back
a little. We're also seeing an overall interest in people downsizing. More and more people are saying they want a house to
retire in, or are buying a home and tearing it down to have us
build what they want. People want manageable homes that aren't overly huge and low maintenance."
In Preferred Building Systems' homes, they can source almost
anything a client requests with the backing of 10 lumberyards.
"We've seen some pretty exquisite kitchens that have two-tone
painted cabinets with accents, and various moldings and trims,"
Huot describes. "Even though people are going smaller as far as
square footage in some cases, they are putting a lot more attention
into finer details. That includes various chair rails, coffered ceilings
and crown molding. We've been able to help produce homes in our
factory to meet that demand, too."
Multiple levels of accountability help the company maintain
quality. That responsibility falls to team leaders and quality control
personnel, as well as an outside agency that comes in frequently to
inspect homes under construction. "Last but not least, we also have
active ownership walking the production line, ensuring everything
is being built well," Huot says.

"There are remarkable
people out there and
assembling the right team is
pretty rewarding."
BRYAN HUOT
per square foot. That's the equivalent energy that two 100-watt
light bulbs use, for a house that is 1,272-square-feet in northern Vermont."

CULTURE OF SAFETY
At the New Hampshire-based company's plant, they host weekly safety events to communicate the progress of tasks, such as
timeliness and communication points when working on homes
under construction, as well as the importance of employee
safety. Aside from reinforcing the necessary personal protec-

SETTING THE BAR
When it comes to building green, Preferred Building Systems
believes the concept cannot be defined by one specific item, but
rather considers it to require a holistic approach.
"We have a building science center at our facility where we offer
daily tours and various open houses throughout the year to provide
an educational format to help define the word 'green,'" Huot says.
"We believe that building green should be something that's tangible. We use the Department of Energy's energy rating system,
(HERS), which provides a score on how energy efficient a house is
in comparison to others around it."
In regards to their energy rating scores, Huot noted that the
company has received some "pretty incredible numbers."
"So much so that in 2010, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of
Energy came to our facility because we lead the way by changing the paradigm in modular housing," Huot says. "In addition,
in September of 2010 Preferred Building Systems was the first
modular home company in the United States to build and deliver a passive house, a home that uses less than 4.75 kBTUs
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