what do you think of when you hear the word “prefab”?

Seriously! What do you think of when you the word PREFAB?!

You think of a mobile home don’t you.

ha. caught ya.

well, I’m here to tell you that is the WRONG thing to think. Am I allowed to do that? tell you that you think something wrongly? hmmm. probably not. but I’ll do it anyway.

in reality, “prefab” architecture only means that the building was prefabricated in pieces in a factory, and then brought to a site to be put together in like 1/4 of the time as a normal “stick built” building.  in actuality they can “set” a building in a day. a house could be finished from start in the factory to totally finished on site within 120 days. AMAZING & seriously interesting.

if you want to learn more, just ask. but I’ll try to not bore you in this post.

all this to say:

here is the latest book that is taking up most of my time… including at work! it’s great to see that prefab has come so far!  

Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home


 check out this blog/company who is seriously making some points in this area…New World Home (click on the images on the right side bar to see plans and cool photos.) pretty cool huh? it doesn’t looook like it was built in a factory does it? AND they just had a model home up in downtown NYC!

another link that is very architecturally cool: Hive Architecture. These guys highlight the modular a little bit more than the others. Way more modern. My mother would not like them at all… 😉 ha.

 But I still think that both companies are interesting and doing something great in a world where buildings use more than 40% of the world’s energy & an average 2,000 sq. ft. house construction generates 2  TONS of waste. It’s good to know that there is way to reduce that: by building in a factory the waste is completely reduced and minimized because it is in a controlled environment & the waste can be reused/recycled/saved for other projects. There are SO many more reasons why prefab is good. if you’re interested in knowing more-get the book! or ask me 🙂

0 Responses to what do you think of when you hear the word “prefab”?

  1. Pam Holderman June 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    good info. would love to hear and see more. ignoring my finger and spending some time online. thanks for the book – so sweet!

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