I’m often asked – why prefab? Answered simply – its not only a very flexible and economical way to build a house, but also intrinsically environmentally friendly. Before additional items are integrated into the construction, there are so many “green” aspects of building prefab using such methods as – modular, panelized, SIPs, and steel frame. Cut-offs of wood are sorted and reused and some materials such as metals and dry walls are often returned to manufacturers to be recycled. The materials are also protected from the elements, so they have less chance of becoming mildewed and twisting and turning later on. Often workers travel shorter distances to get to work, using much less fuel than workers traveling to a variety of job sites – many far from home.
Consider the possibility of having the parts of your car dropped off in your driveway and having a local contractor put them together. I think you’d agree this is a recipe for disaster. The same thinking should be used for homes. Not only are factories controlled conditions, but employ professionals who build multiple houses each day under close supervision.
And the really exciting news is that these prefab houses are beautiful and can be built in almost any style and fit in with the local surroundings.