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Blog/Opinion: Prefabulous + Sustainable

By HHI Staff

One of the objectives of Prefabulous + Sustainable is to put a different light on prefabricated homes. Most people when they think of prefabrication think of mobile homes made from cheap materials in cookie cutter designs. However, the author shows that prefabricated homes can be built with customizable, attractive, and quality green materials. Prefabricated parts can also be combined in less time than traditional construction and reduce the amount of waste normally produced. The results can lead to a more energy-efficient, sturdy, and cost-effective home.

 

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Prefabulous + Sustainable features 24 homes as examples, divided into categories “green,” “greener,” and “greenest.” It shows not just what works in theory, but what has been successfully integrated into green homes. In addition, it illustrates how attractive green materials can be. For instance, concrete may not seem an appealing countertop option. However, when dye is added to it, it can become an stylish option in many home designs.

Prefabulous + Sustainable
also shows just how versatile prefab homes can be. A home can be rustic, modern, contemporary, cottage-style, etc. and still be green. It also shows that you don't have to go without common household comforts to be sustainable. Rather some green materials actually make the home more comfortable rather than less. For instance, installing large well-insulated windows is a common green building technique. Not only are the windows energy-efficient when faced in the proper direction, but they also bring in more sunlight, which can contribute to a healthier atmosphere.

Overall, the best aspects of the book Prefabulous + Sustainable are the beautiful illustrations and photographs, and the brief and concise information. This enables you to easily choose green techniques, materials, and designs that could be applied to your current home or be used to design your own green home from scratch...or rather, prefabrication.

 

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Prefabulous + Sustainable:  Created on July 14th, 2010.  Last Modified on June 19th, 2011

 

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