Today USA Today published an article on green prefab in both the Money section and online. Wendy Koch, author and owner of her own green home under construction, gathered various industry opinions for the article. Here’s a snapshot of industry thinking on the topic:
“Those building old-fashioned, inefficient prefabs are struggling to survive.” – David Johnston, co-author of Toward a Zero Energy Home
Factory fabrication can reduce costs through eliminating construction waste and doing larger projects. – Shilpa Sankaran, co-founder of ZETA Communities
Green prefabs are often higher quality when built in climate-controlled conditions and not exposed to bad weather. – Sheri Koones, author of Prefabulous and Sustainable
Prefab will gain market share when housing comes back and building codes demand greater energy efficiency. – Lloyd Alter, architecture and design editor at Treehugger
Companies offering prefab can help with “one-stop shopping” and trying to “manage the amount of stress people deal with.” – Bill Haney, president of Blu Homes.
Single family projects are constrained by financing and land acquisition, so expect to see success this year in both smaller and larger projects — additions/ADUs on the one hand and multifamily on the other. – Preston Koerner, chief editor of Jetson Green
Read more: Home builders see green prefab potential by Wendy Koch.