Prefab Homes Revisited – Manufacturered by who?

July 7, 2008 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment

A while back I posted about the recent interest in prefabricated buildings and about how it might be a greener alternative. (https://askthefm.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/prefabricated-buildings-the-coming-thing-or-just-ugly/)

Now I read that auto makers are getting into the act!  Apparently Toyota has a had a division dedicated to making prefab homes since 1975.  Now however they are hoping to leverage their eco-friendly image in autos to sell more houses. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121496449430221935.html?mod=googlenews_wsj)

There are of course green options as well.  The main reasons prefab’s are green is that they require less intrusion into the natural space and minimize the construction waste.  There are other reason and a great website explains them well: http://www.lowimpactliving.com/blog/2007/09/24/green-prefab-homes-prefabulous/)         or

http://www.builderonline.com/green-building/michelle-kaufmann-unveils-zero-energy-prefab-house.aspx

or  http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/green-prefab-homes.htm

Also wonder of wonders, there are prefab homes that are actually considered stylish! Apparently quite a few architects are beginning to work with this type of building and presenting some interesting results. (http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/help-desk-pre-fab-homes/) or (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.01/prefab.html)

For those interested in this market here is a web  site dedicated to tracking news and developments: http://www.fabprefab.com/

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