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Blog/Opinion: Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid Book Review

When using the term “green prefabricated homes”, some of us can’t help but imagine a small double-wide mobile home covered in some sort of mossy overgrowth. While that notion is pretty far out, many of us have preconceived notions about green housing that frankly aren’t true. This book - Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid - contests these fallacies and shows how green, energy-efficient prefab homes can be beautiful and comfortable, save time and money, protect the environment, conserve materials, and create a healthy environment.


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The author, Sheri Koones, emphasizes a key factor in making green building both more affordable and sustainable - using prefabricated parts in the building. Despite the stigma, the factory manufactured homes and materials of today are high quality and don’t have to be cookie-cutter.
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid
This book details thirty-two prefabricated houses that combine energy-efficiency, sustainability, and design to create beautiful dwellings. These homes include ones featured at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, the World Financial Center in Manhattan, and the Solar Decathlon in D.C. Some are totally off-the-grid (energy-independent), while others keep energy usage low, relying on the grid only minimally. Sidebars in the book explain different green building features and certifications, and define terms such as geothermal, U factor, cellulose insulation, and permeable pavement. All the pictures are in full-color allowing a clear look into these model homes.

While this book is primarily designed for those looking to build a green home, it inspires current homeowners to invest in energy saving features for their existing homes. Remodels and additions to the home can also be prefabricated, saving homeowners money while also adding to the home’s resale value. A study by the Earth Advantage Institute found that new, certified green homes sold for 8% more than non-certified ones. Another study found that green homes sold faster than traditional homes. Plus, many green features, such as an efficient ventilation system, improve the health factor of home. Anyway you look at it, investing in green building technology is worthwhile, and Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid shows the best ways you can integrate these features into your home.


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Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid Book Review:  Created on October 29th, 2012.  Last Modified on December 7th, 2012

About Allison Rathey Kirby

Allison Rathey Kirby is Healthy House Institute's (HHI’s) Associate Editor and Director of Social Media. Formerly HHI's Tool Listing Editor, Allison has been with HHI for seven years - managing, editing, and contributing "healthy" content to the site. Allison is also the Associate Editor for HHI's sister site, The Housekeeping Channel.


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