beyond mobile: prefab homes come of age, promising to be efficient, green, easy
Furniture, toys, furniture
But not the house itself.
Most are still built on-
On-site rather than pre-made and trucking.
It doesn\'t make sense, says Sheri Koones, who is the author of four books on prefabricated houses, including the new \"incredibly almost out of the grid: the road you build energy --
Efficient Home \"(Abrams).
\"Do you want your car to be built in your driveway,\" said Koones, Greenwich, Connecticut ? \".
\"Of course you won\'t.
You want your car to be produced in climate conditions.
Factory controlled by skilled professionals on the assembly line.
Don\'t you want the same thing for your home \"prefabricated house? At least this concept has existed since Sears and other companies launched the mail.
The order kit at the beginning of 1900, usually refers to the factory-
A modular and panel housing was built.
Their construction standards are the same as those built traditionally and have additional structural requirements to ensure that they are able to withstand transportation.
Depending on the size of the family, multiple pieces (or modules)
Was sent to a website in a few hours and fixed together on the foundation.
Prefabricated houses are usually 60 to 90 at the time of delivery, but it usually takes an extra two or three weeks to finish the finishing work.
In contrast, mobile houses carry most of the shame on prefabricated houses, which were built in accordance with more relaxed federal regulations, arrived on their own wheels and depreciated rapidly, generally not for urban purposes.
Because modular prefabricated houses are difficult to distinguish from the site
As there is an increasing interest in green buildings, houses built are becoming more and more popular.
\"Prefabricated houses are more efficient and greener.
Waste much less in the manufacturing process.
\"Any excess material can be recycled to other homes or sent back to the manufacturer instead of being thrown into the bin,\" Koones said . \".
\"Because the materials do not come into contact with these elements, prefabricated houses avoid problems with mold, rot and bacteria. . . .
\"She also cited worker health and safety as a benefit for building a house nearbysite.
\"Prefabricated construction professionals can work for one year
Indoor circle, not exposed to elements.
\"Nevertheless, some consumers are still not sure what is the basis for green housing --
The website will need.
Greenfab, a Seattle company, recently used a newly built prefabricated house as a teaching tool.
In the production of the first Platinum LEED-
Greenfab\'s certified prefabricated home in Washington state has been open to the public for three months.
School groups, builders, buyers and non-
The profit group visited it.
Johnny Hartsfield, founder and president of Greenfab, said: \"People nearby just saw a foundation in the morning and went home to find a finished house . \".
\"Our main goal as a company is to educate the public about the benefits of green and prefabrication.
\"He also listed the cost as a justification for the prefabrication.
Because the house is pre-
There are no architect fees, time delays or cost overruns in the design, he said.
\"Site construction is noisy and stressful,\" Hartsfield said . \".
\"We want to make it more exciting and fun to build your home --
We don\'t want you to hate it or divorce because of it.
\"Prefabricated houses can be customized.
Some companies offer environment upgrades that exceed the standard, such as low
VOC paint and high efficiency appliances.
\"We can install the foundation for water collection and solar adaptability at home,\" Hartsfield said . \".
\"Even if they don\'t have the money to build a complete solar collection system, we can build their houses with the infrastructure.
\"Of course, consumers still tend to choose families based on intuitive responses, emotional connections, and personal tastes.
\"If the House is not attractive, no one will want to build an efficient house,\" Koones said . \".
\"One misconception about prefabrication is that they are all modern and not everyone likes modern.
In fact, most of the prefabricated components built in this country are actually traditional. \"Brooklyn, N. Y. -
One of the builders in Koones\'s book, based in the New World, is building traditional-style prefabricated houses in the northeast.
Founding partners Mark Jupiter and Tyler Schmetterer are based on-
Until 2006, they decided to produce prefabricated green houses for the public.
I like heavy wood.
Jupiter said: \"There is a house with a frame.
\"I want to build a house that is suitable for the nearby area, which can arouse good feelings and take root in history.
\"He cited a project in which his prefabricated house was the first new building to come near in 100.
The neighbors were wary, he said, but when they saw the finished house, they came over.
After building a model house in upmarket Hampton, N Long IslandY.
Jupiter says the new world House has won nearby and produced five more houses there.
\"It\'s hard for some people to think about modern times,\" he said . \".
\"Our style is based on the rich architectural history.
Aesthetically, they seem to have existed in the 100 s, but they behave as if they were in the next 30 years.