Green homes can achieve much lower energy costs and lower environmental impacts, and can be healthier to live in compared to homes made with traditional building materials.
Potential advantages of prefab homes include higher quality construction (the homes are constructed in closely managed manufacturing facilities) and lower cost (manufacturers can achieve economies of scale by replicating some of the same modules many times).
I’ve been wondering why there are so few homes being built in the Washington, DC area that are both, let alone either. I’ll be exploring this potential market opportunity in the months ahead. I’ll report back on what I learn in the future.
Meanwhile, if you’re similarly interested in this topic, here’s a book I’ve acquired as a resource for my research. It discusses some of the things to think about in regard to prefab green homes. And, it features floor plans, technical specifications and photos for over 30 homes, many from prefab manufacturers. Overall, the book provides a good starting point for delving into the topic.
If you have knowledge in this area and/or thoughts to share, I’d like to hear from you. Thanks!