TreeHugger Debate on Thursday, May 26: Is Prefab A Greener Way To Build?

by , 05/23/11

prefab, treehugger, debate, chad ludeman, postgreen homes, michelle kaufmann

A question we’ve often pondered – how green is prefab construction? Without much hard data to back it up, we only have theories to go on, hoping that it really might be more resource efficient and lead to higher quality construction than traditional methods. This Thursday though, we may have a chance to really set the record straight with an online debate between prefab’s sweetheart, Michelle Kaufmann, speaking for the affirmative and Chad Ludeman of Postgreen Homes speaking for the negative. After some heated online blogging this last year, they plan to hash it out via online debate through TreeHugger Live.

The debate will be judged by Preston Koerner of Jetson Green and Allison Arieff, a columnist for the New York Times. The audience is the third judge, so be sure to weigh in at TreeHugger Live. Although originally planned for the 19th, due to the birth of Ludeman’s baby, it will now take place on Thursday, May 26 at 3:30 EDT.

+ TreeHugger Live

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  1. Chad Lewdman June 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

    ^ This.

  2. caeman May 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

    How is a debate going to answer the question? Here is a chance to hard, factual numbers via scientific experiment. Simply track all of the energy costs to build 10 pre-fab homes in a factory to their final destination. Now, build 10 homes of the same design only with locally-sourced product. Track all electrical and liquid fuel uses, as well as the man-hours.

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