Prefabulous World: Simblist House, Serenbe, Georgia

Photo: © Chris Nelms

Prefabricated or prefab homes have often been lambasted for their reputation as cheaply constructed, cookie-cutter dwellings of gas-guzzling suburbia, but that is becoming less of a reality as society's growing commitment to the environment transforms modular home construction.

Prefabulous World coverIn "Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe," author Sheri Koones invites readers to rethink their feelings about prefab design by highlighting some of the most cutting-edge, energy-efficient modular homes in the world.

One such house is the Simblist House (above) in Serenbe, Ga. Located 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, Serenbe is a 1,000-acre New Urbanist community that is touted as "a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S. — focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations."

The Simblist House is just one example of the new, innovative generation of homes being built with the utmost dedication to sustainable, energy-efficient building materials and methods.

"I believe saving energy and saving materials go hand in hand," Koones tells readers in her introduction. "So, when I searched for the most energy-efficient houses for this book [...], I selected only prefabricated homes because I cannot consider a structure fully efficient when it is built with excessive material waste."

The gorgeously illustrated "Prefabulous World" goes beyond eye candy by providing floor plans, multiple interior and exterior images of each house, as well as a comprehensive resource list of architects, builders and suppliers that specialize in eco-friendly prefabricated design.

Continue below for more images of the homes featured in the book, which is now available for purchase.

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Prefabulous World: Concord Riverwalk Cottage, Concord, MA

Photo: © Nat Rea

Concord Riverwalk Cottage, Concord, Mass.

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Prefabulous World: Energy Neutral Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo: © Hans Peter Föllmi

Energy Neutral Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Prefabulous World: Beachaus, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Photo: © Courtesy of InHaus Development

Beachaus, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

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Prefabulous World: Island Passive House, San Juan Islands, WA

Photo: © Art Gray

Island Passive House, San Juan Islands, Wash.

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Prefabulous World: Lugano House, Carabbia-Lugano, Switzerland

Photo: © Lothar Rehermann

Lugano House, Carabbia-Lugano, Switzerland

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Prefabulous World: Laurel Hollow, East Hampton, NY

Photo: © Courtesy of Yankee Barn Homes

Laurel Hollow, East Hampton, N.Y.

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Prefabulous World: Cliff House, Bavaria, Germany

Photo: © Michael-Christian Peters

Cliff House, Bavaria, Germany

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

'Prefabulous World': New book highlights cream of the crop in prefab homes
The gorgeously illustrated "Prefabulous World" highlights some of the most cutting-edge, eco-friendly modular homes in the world.