Are you ready to build the house of your dreams, but also want to reduce your carbon footprint? Prefabricated homes can offer an ideal solution for anyone looking to build a truly unique eco-friendly home. Prefabrication offers many advantages over other custom home design and building methods, especially when it comes to environmentally-friendly materials and techniques. Sophisticated prefab homes tend to outperform the rest in reducing your household’s carbon footprint through the build phase and beyond. Here’s what you can expect when you choose the prefab advantage.
Material Quality and Utilization
One of the most environmentally-friendly material options that can be utilized throughout prefabrication is Accoya, a water-resistant wood, and other types of sustainable lumber. These wood products not only reduce demand on natural resources, but also minimize the need for future renovations by prolonging the life of your custom home’s finish materials. Prefabricated homes have very minimal waste, as all lumber over 8.5 inches is reused during manufacturing. The remaining pieces of lumber go to local community members who repurpose the materials into toys and other great creations.
Energy Efficient Elements
The tight tolerances used in the prefabrication process help dramatically improve the fit and finish of your completed custom home. Window frames and wall panels, for example, fit together snugly to effectively seal up the home from the elements. Energy efficient window options, such as triple pane glass, perfect the design by actively reducing energy loss throughout your custom home.
The highest quality insulation materials are used for prefab builds to help prevent temperature fluctuations that are caused by outdoor weather changes. Although prefab home builders have many different high-tech insulation options to choose from, foam core is used most often in the roof and walls. This type of insulation meets or exceeds building code regulations and dramatically decreases energy usage across the property.
Passive Solar Benefits
When designing your prefabricated home, your builder can also take passive solar benefits into account while designing and positioning the structure. As a result, your home can effectively harness the power of the sun to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce your reliance on artificial lighting. Southern versus northern sun exposure plays a strong role in the design process due to its importance in daily life. With the right position and passive solar design elements, your custom home can store heat through the winter and remain cool and comfortable all summer long.
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The prefab advantage will allow you to finally own and live in the eco-friendly home of your dreams. If you are ready to learn more about building a custom home, download our Custom Home Building Guide, or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Project Directors.