Prefab homes are not just an affordable housing alternative; they are becoming one of the most talked about trends in green living.
Many manufactures are unveiling prefab design prototypes that rival some of the most modern and visually appealing homes on the market – AND they are being built with sustainability in mind.
The concept of greening these prefab homes was brought about to meet the needs of the budget-conscious (and eco-conscious) individuals who don’t want to sacrifice functional design and modern esthetic for price.
A prefab home can save a homeowner up to 15 percent over a home build on-site depending on the location, size of the house and intricacies of design.
Because many of these new homes are optimized for sustainability, they will also save homeowners on utility costs, making their savings on investment increase over time. Architects, contractors and manufactures of these prefab homes are using innovative techniques that would cost traditional homeowners more money to recreate in their green home renovations or site-building projects.
Also, by using less space and materials, prefab homes work to preserve natural resources and leave a smaller ecological footprint than conventional on-site construction.
If you still haven’t been sold on the idea, check out some of these prefabulous modulars that have been attracting the attention of the green building community:
Aktiv (Swedish for “Active”) is the latest prefab green home designed by Oregon-based architectural firm Ideabox in conjunction with Ikea Portland. These one-bedroom starter homes were conceptualized and designed by Ideabox and then outfitted with wardrobe, flooring and cabinetry by Ikea. The theme of the home is no-waste, and it focuses on maximizing space and energy usage with features that include energy efficient lighting and space-saving furnishings. These compact models retail for around $86,000.
LivingHome C6 is now available from Santa Monica, Calif.-based developer LivingHomes. Starting at around $179,000 (plus site prep work and installation), these 1,232-square-foot homes can be fully constructed in less than two months and installed on-site in one day. Once installed, the Energy Star-certified C6 is eligible for LEED-Platinum level certification, the highest level of sustainability according to the US Green Building Council.
ma Modular homes are the “ambitious offspring” of the Austin-based design and build firm KRDB. Their mission is to make modern design homes affordable to everyone. Their homes – starting at around $140 a square foot – feature energy star appliances and options for solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling and rainwater collection.
For more info on the future of prefab homes, check out fabprefab.com.