WHAT IS PREFAB?
The basic principle of prefab construction is that sections of a home, or modules, are built in a controlled plant environment, transported to a project site upon completion, and then placed onto a foundation. Depending on the complexity of the home, designers can employ anywhere from two to fifty structurally connected pieces. Most often, prefab is associated with highly modern design. Modern design is typically characterized by clean lines, strong forms, use of materials in their natural state, and with little to no added decoration. Prefab building allows modern design to be brought to mainstream markets because it generally reduces construction and design costs significantly when compared to a similar custom-built home. Recently, a much broader range of prefab home options has emerged; especially some of those designed using “green” building principles.
WHAT IS PREFAB GREEN?
Prefab home construction is enjoying a renaissance in the booming green building market as the cold uniformity of prior generation, prefab homes is now a thing of the past. Green prefab homes are beautiful, comfortable, and – most importantly – light on the planet. The primary goal of building a green home is to reduce its carbon footprint while creating a healthy environment for the occupants. Architects and builders do this by emphasizing energy efficiency, reducing fresh water use, selecting materials that are healthy and sustainable, and choosing sites that minimize environmental disturbances.
Prefab design and construction offers a number of unique opportunities to accomplish these goals:
- First, the control variable in a plant environment allows the designer/builder to be very precise with material planning and use. Therefore, there is very little waste left over when compared to standard construction techniques.
- Second, hard-to-find green materials can be brought in bulk and used over many projects, minimizing delays and ensuring that no “short cuts” are taken due to unavailable materials.
- Third, this bulk purchasing and the delivery of a small number of completed modules to the home site dramatically reduces pollution from transportation to and from the site.
- Fourth, the disturbance of the home construction site can be minimized because there is no need to store large amounts of material onsite for extended periods of time and no need for a large trash container. A good prefab contractor might clear only the house footprint itself and enough room to deliver the completed modules.
When disaster strikes, whether it be a flood, tornado, or hurricane, you will have peace of mind knowing that your GHH home will likely suffer very little damage – if any at all. In the rare chance that there is any damage to your FORTIFIED home, it will likely be sent to the recycling center and not the county landfill.