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WorldHaus Provides Home Kits to the Developing World

You may have read our past post on prefab homes, but these modular kit houses are so unique that they deserve a post all their own.

Introducing WorldHaus – a company that manufactures custom designed, weatherproof home kits for families in the developing world at an affordable price.

These aren’t your typical prefabricated modular homes – these are home kits that employ a modular building system allowing families to build their home from the kit materials – compressed earth-bricks, steel roof panels and concrete – to any size and configuration they desire.

These home kits also allow for a number of optional amenities that include clean burning stoves, toilets and solar electricity systems. One-bedroom, 220 square foot base models can be built in just 10 days with a starting cost below $2,000.


A WorldHaus prototype home

The company’s Founders Bill and Daniel Gross have also been working with mortgage providers to make the homes available for monthly installments of $40 – a price even more accessible for rural and semi-urban families in developing areas who make anywhere from $3 to $10 a day.

They have also partnered with state governments, NGOs and landlords to develop rental housing programs and subsidies that could cut the cost to occupants to less than $2 a day.

According to the UN Habitat on substandard housing, more than a billion people worldwide live in substandard housing conditions without access to things like clean water, sanitation and electricity.  WorldHaus is not only helping to alleviate that need, they are helping to build local economies through the use of local construction, a local dealer network and factory supply chains and they are promoting the stand-alone sustainability of homes independent of the constraints of housing projects or utility grids.

To learn more, visit worldhaus.com.

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The Future of Prefab Homes

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.

livinghomeLivingHome 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.


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