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The Great Prefab Debate [UPDATED]

Update 5/19/11: Chad Ludeman & Co. just had a baby son last night, so the debate will delayed until Thursday, May 26, 2011.

As you may know, I have a lot of interest in factory-built homes and prefabricated construction techniques.  Some of this comes from living in Japan and seeing how big companies like Panasonic, Sanyo, and Toyota fabricate their homes.  The rest comes from a fascination with homes and technology, as well as years of writing on the topic – can you believe we have nearly 340 articles about green prefabs.

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Stillwater Dwelling Built in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara prefab by Stillwater Dwellings

Some of the best prefabricated homes seem to be coming out of the Pacific Northwest from companies like Stillwater Dwellings, the design-build firm behind this new home in Santa Barbara, California.  The Seattle-based firm, founded by a seasoned builder and developer and architects formerly of the firm now known as Olson Kundig Architects, differentiates itself from others with a trademark soaring butterfly roofline, energy-efficient designs, sustainable materials, and a predictable construction budget.

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Fresh Prefab Readied for Dwell on Design

Update 7/1/2011: Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay.

Looks like progress is being made on the new showhouse planned for Dwell on Design 2011. The 550-square foot prefab has a lively modern design and will be completed by an all-star project team – OneBuild (a new modular startup), pieceHomes (led by architect Jonathan Davis), and ecofabulous (led by designer Zem Joaquin). The showhouse will be auctioned through eBay with proceeds to benefit Global Green USA.

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