Prefab green housing is one of the most affordable ways to go about constructing an environmentally-sound home. These homes arrive with the framing elements–walls, floor joists and so forth–already assembled. This means that it’s possible to have them transported anywhere a truck can go, on or off the grid, and to get your home set up in minimal time. The framing portion of the construction goes by very fast, enabling the remainder to be done within a sheltered environment.
The shelter advantage stretches to the facility where the houses are constructed, as well. Prefab green housing is put together in a controlled environment. This means that no materials are wasted due to weather damage. It also means that, because the plans are well-established and their method of construction is a procedure, there is no waste from having materials ordered in too great a quantity. Some of the firms who design and build these houses also use wood from sustainable crops, rather than using exotic or old-growth wood and all of the environmental damage those materials entail. For those who care about the environment, this has obvious advantages.
Prefab green housing also has one more distinct advantage: efficiency. Because the designs that these homes are built from are established ones that have proven workable over and over again, they’re also constantly improved and fit together in the most important ways. The tight fit of all the walls and windows mean that very little heat is lost to gaps and spaces. These homes come with passages for ductwork and other important home systems included, which eliminates another potential source of inefficient design and construction. All of this together makes these very green choices all around, as well as increasingly popular choices with homeowners.
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