Title: Prefabulous Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home
Availability: April 1, 2010 at major bookstores everywhere
Green decor is a challenging enough undertaking for a lot of us without the right resources. But if you’re building your own energy-efficient dream home, a book full of beautiful inspiration and resources is a good starting point.
Prefabulous Sustainable is divided into three sections: Green, Greener and Greenest Houses. The houses in the book are either built with modular sections, structural insulated panels, panelized construction, with timber or steel frames or a combination of these.
And there really is no shortage of combination. From traditional to modern decor and cottage retreat to urban dwelling; prefab homes come in all shapes, sizes and styles.
Admittedly, I didn’t know prefab is actually very green. And here are a few reasons why:
- A lot of wood that would usually be thrown into the dumpster on the job site is recycled for other uses
- Because construction begins in a controlled environment there are no changes in temperature; meaning no warping, cracking or mildewing that can lead to heat loss in the winter
- Workers who make modules or panels usually live closer to their place of work (less driving to job sites further from their homes)
You’ll probably like it if:
- You’re looking for green resources: builders, architects, designers, suppliers and more
- You want great green tips for building a prefab and sustainable home
- You want to be inspired by unique homes and interiors
You may not like it if:
- You’re not interested in building your own home
- Sustainability is not your priority