My favorite thing to do is design houses. I’ve been a wannabe architect since I was 6. My partner and I will be combining households within the next year, and we are going to build a house, so I’ve been planning! Since we will be running a vegetable farm, I wondered how much time I would actually have to design and oversee the construction. Prefab housing came to mind, so I did some research.
Prefab housing means less waste, less impact
Prefab building is done in a factory, and sections are shipped to the building site to be assembled. Construction in a controlled environment reduces time and money lost to bad weather and delayed shipments. There is less waste, since materials can be purchased for many projects, and this also saves money. Because there is not a lot of construction equipment at the site, there are fewer negative impacts on the land.
Prefab building is not new. Modular and manufactured homes are prefabricated, but now designers and builders are adding green features to make them energy efficient and more desirable.
Prefab housing construction options to consider
Here are a handful of green prefab homes I found that would suit our needs, but, believe me, there are many more!
Green Modern Kits Passive solar and thermal mass, SIPs, off-grid options, water catchment
Eco Structures LEED certified, sustainably harvested wood for cabinets, passive solar, super insulated, recycled materials
Fab Cab Universal Design, energy efficient, sustainably harvested wood, SIPs, low VOC paints and finishes, recycled materials, water efficient fixtures
ARKit Optimized building envelope, sustainably managed and harvested wood, low lifetime operating costs, designs for residential, offices, hotels, studios and urban infill
Michael Jantzen’s Homestead House Recyclable steel, strong, adaptable, portable, passive solar
Blu Homes Element Natural light, passive solar, no wasted space in floor plan, sustainably harvested woods, low VOC paints
Cottage in a Day SIPs, exceeds Energy Start and LEED requirements, durable materials
Prefab housing becoming more commonplace
As people become more aware of how to tread lightly on the planet, they will choose green prefab housing. The options are unlimited to perfectly suit a building site, budgets and personal needs. Energy prices are unstable, and an energy efficient prefab will be a buffer against price increases, which will bring a higher return on investment. I think green prefab housing will become more commonplace once the housing market picks up again.
Look at me! Even a designer is turning to prefab!