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.
In "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.
Photo: © Nat Rea
Concord Riverwalk Cottage, Concord, Mass.
Photo: © Hans Peter Föllmi
Energy Neutral Residence, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Photo: © Courtesy of InHaus Development
Beachaus, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Photo: © Art Gray
Island Passive House, San Juan Islands, Wash.
Photo: © Lothar Rehermann
Lugano House, Carabbia-Lugano, Switzerland
Photo: © Courtesy of Yankee Barn Homes
Laurel Hollow, East Hampton, N.Y.
Photo: © Michael-Christian Peters
Cliff House, Bavaria, Germany