Green Prefab Homes: Introduction

March 24, 2014

Prefabricated homes, or kit homes, have been on the homebuilding scene for a long time. But now there are green prefabs.

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Method Homes – White Rock

The basic ideas behind using a kit are fairly simple:

  • Reduce design cost
  • Reduce materials cost
  • Eliminate the amount of construction waste
  • Shortened construction time
  • Design simplification
  • Fixed costs, reduced surprises

Add green or sustainable considerations to this formula and the idea sounds great, especially when it comes to minimizing waste that’s destined for a landfill. The majority of the house has been built in sections at a factory, meaning, the materials are not sitting on the building sit for a long time, exposed to sun and weather.

One of the early prefab or kit home sellers was Sears, Roebuck and Co., which sold more than 100,000 homes from 1908 to 1940. There was also the Aladdin Company, based in Michigan, which sold many of its home kits to employees in the automobile industry.

Prefab, or prefabricated construction, refers to a building method in which homes get built mostly in a factory then shipped to the site for final assembly. Today, there are many different companies that specialize in this kind of housing from simple, easy-to-construct emergency shelters to high-end domiciles in expensive resorts.

We will soon feature some of what consider to be leading examples of these green prefab homes, providing details on cost, functionality, ease of assembly, and design excellence.

What follows are a few photos to whet your whistle.

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PopUp House

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Method Homes

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Nomadic Resorts

Photos: PopUp House, Method Homes, Inhabitat

Sources: Sears archiveGreen Home Gnome & Method HomesHow Stuff WorksInhabitat




Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.