Sustainable Pre-Fabricated Home Designs From Minimalist+
Minimalist+, based in Portland, Oregon has introduced two unique pre-fabricated home designs that integrate modern styling with environmentally friendly features.
When pre-fabricated homes first emerged on the market, they admittedly earned a rather sketchy reputation. But modern designs and building techniques are a far cry form those early experiments, and pre-fab homes can have some huge sustainability advantages over traditionally constructed homes.
First of all, material needs for a pre-fabricated structure are much more predictable, meaning less construction waste. Workers and all their equipment don’t need to be transported to individual job sites, lessening the embodied energy of a home. And unexpected delays like bad weather are minimized.
Minimalist+, based in Portland, Oregon has created two different pre-fabricated home designs that integrate environmentally friendly architecture and modern features. Conceived by architect and Energy Star Homebuilder Jeff Lightfoot along with designer Michelle Jeresek, the “SiteFab” homes will be able to be constructed in panels at a local warehouse space, then erected on-site in a matter of days. The entire process can be completed in as little as three months.
The “light green” option includes basic components such as an energy-efficient heating system, while the “dark green” design incorporates many more eco-friendly elements (including low-E windows, an on-demand water heater, and dual-flush toilets) that reduce energy usage by up to 30% over standard building code construction.
Minimalist+ also offers the services of in-house realtors to help with site selection for the homes. Prices start at $295,680 for the “light green” model ($160 per sq. ft.) and $332,640 for the “dark green” home ($180 per sq. ft.)
Visit the Minimalist+ website for more information.