Gallery: GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Siting Your Home to Maximize Eco Effici...


In the last two installments of our Green Guide to Prefab series on Inhabitat we highlighted the history of prefab design and the evolution of mobile homes into modular prefabricated homes. Within the last ten years, consumers have come to expect a new level of design quality in prefab homes, and this new generation is looking to not only personalize their home, but to create a sustainable, modern space that is able to support eco-conscious lifestyle without any sacrifices. Prefab home builders have taken notice and are responding to the new demand by providing more options to prospective prefab homeowners. But if you’re looking to buy prefab, you may wonder which type of manufactured home is right for you? Inhabitat’s Green Guide To Prefab is here to help. Our latest article will focus on every project’s most important consideration — the building site. If your home isn’t in perfect harmony with its site – considering and responding to the location’s natural environmental characteristics – you’re not getting the best green home you can get. So what must a prefab home do in order to get the most from its site? Jump ahead for the answer as former Lindal Cedar Homes CEO and green design consultant Michael Harris returns to Inhabitat give us some insight.

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  1. Rosadell Gonzalez October 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Im Rosadell Gonzalez
    I was reading on your site and im interested on this model of this house is there anyway of getting or obtaining information about this house in particular. Thanj you Rosadell

  2. realestate011 January 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Your blog information help us a lot to increase the value of our property. Great idea to use eco friendly designs!

  3. yugi4moto February 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    very interesting idea to merge the prefabricated building with renewable energy design, where orientation, site weather study ant topography as well as small architectural adjustments to the original design can improve the building

  4. JR Fulton February 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Judicious amount of windows is equally important to placement/location of windows. Full height windows may be dramatic, but even double glazed window leak heat signficantly more than the rest of the envelope. Unshaded east and west windows can make for significant summertime overheating.

  5. Yuka Yoneda February 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for bringing to light that siting is just as important if not more so than materials.

  6. Jessica Dailey February 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    great info! Whether you’re building prefab or not, paying attention to the surrounding environment is extremely important!

  7. Lori Zimmer February 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    use what Mother Earth gave you! Thanks for this!

  8. Diane Pham February 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    great post. never underestimate the power of a well sited home. comfort is key to a good living space and life.

  9. Bridgette Meinhold February 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    lots of good info here. thanks!

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