Prefabulous and Sustainable dispels the negative myths associated with prefab homes and shows the reader how beautiful and remarkably green prefab homes are.
In this guide to prefab home-building author Sheri Koones, demystifies the prefabricated house by using 25 unique homes to showcase how factory-built homes are greener, more efficient, sturdier, and more cost-effective than site-built homes. The book is divided into 3 categories—green, greener, greenest—and the homes featured vary in style, design, type of construction, and size. All of the homes included inPrefabulous and Sustainable have been customized to create a level of sustainability beyond the inherent qualities of prefab.
Written in an easy to understand and approachable style, author Sheri Koones walks the readers through each of the homes, explaining the materials, strategies, and systems used to create a sustainable living environment. Photographs, captions, floor plans, and sidebars illustrate to readers that green living is not as complicated as one might think, and attainable for everyone. Also included is a resource guide, making this book a hand-on guide for homebuilders.
“Sheri Koones has written another important book on the value of building Prefab-this one clearly explaining the enormous sustainability benefits of the process. Prefab, she explains, is intrinsically green for many reasons, but especially because there is so much less waste in the manufacturing process than in a standard site built home. The book illustrates some exceptionally beautiful prefabricated homes from around the country, all of them pointing to the fact that a well designed and built prefab home is a superior house and a more planet friendly alternative to the standard way of building. It’s time that more of us were building this way. Sheri is showing us how.”
—Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life
“The residential sector is responsible for 21% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, which are directly related to global climate change. Building green provides a dual benefit by significantly lessening the negative impact of a home on the environment, while also benefitting the occupants by saving them money, reducing resource usage, and improving their health. Prefab construction can help to drive these benefits, and Prefabulous + Sustainable helps to educate consumers about the importance of green homebuilding while offering strategies and solutions, both big and small.”
—Nate Kredich, VP, Residential Market Development, USGBC
“Sheri Koones taught us in Prefabulous that prefab is no longer synonymous with trailers and double-wides. With this book she is sharing a more important revelation, prefab offers an attractive, affordable path to green solutions. It’s a convincing story about accomplishing more for less—more style, health, efficiency, sustainability and livability with less waste, energy, water, maintenance, time and cost. I wish it had been available for the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and for Greensburg KS and know it will soon become required reading for anyone interested in quality housing for the 21st Century.”
—Bob Berkebile, FAIA