Are you looking at building a home, but are dismayed at how terrible the process is for the environment? From beginning to end, a traditional site-built home is a detriment to the environment.
Don’t believe us? A single average two-bedroom house build produces 80 tons of carbon dioxide. Fortunately, that’s where custom prefab homes come in. Not only are prefab homes quicker to build and more affordable than a house built on-site, but they’re also better for the environment.
Here are 5 reasons why custom prefab homes are the eco-friendly home option for you.
1. Fewer Construction Materials
The environmental friendliness of prefab homes begins immediately because prefab housing is built to specific measurements. This reduces waste since fewer materials are required (and discarded) during the production process. A factory-built home means the quality control can be very high while minimizing the number of construction materials wasted.
Nails, shingles, bricks, concrete, and insulation materials are all examples of construction materials that could end up in a landfill during a traditional home build, but that’s assuming that a construction company follows local regulations. Some choose to cut corners, and in an effort to save money resort to illegal dumping of waste building materials, polluting waters and soil.
2. Lower Greenhouse Emissions
A traditionally built home requires a lot of heavy equipment use and requires transportation to and from the job site. Frequently there are also additional trips required to hardware and supply stores to pick up additional supplies - unlike with a prefab home. Finally, laborers have to commute to the job site every day.
When you buy a prefab home from Nelson Homes, you can not only have a custom home, but you can have a home that’s assembled efficiently on-site. That means reduced greenhouse emissions during the building process - and you get to move into your home sooner.
3. Less On-Site Waste
Since prefab houses are manufactured in a controlled facility, the actual prefab construction process creates little waste. Site-built homes are constructed at the mercy of the weather, which means materials can become weather damaged, or construction can be delayed.
4. Long Term Energy Savings
You don’t have to be a die-hard environmentalist to see the appeal of saving money on your utility bills each month. The pre-fab construction process means you get a brand new home with tighter joints and seams, giving you overall better thermal performance. You can take things even further by installing solar panels.
5. They Give You Lots of Options
Not all prefab homes are cookie-cutter designs. Custom-built prefab homes allow for full customization. That means you can opt for eco-friendly features like low-flow faucets.
Or maybe you don’t need a massive home. A smaller prefab home will look great and require fewer materials to build, less energy to heat and cool, and have an overall smaller footprint on the environment.
We Have Custom Prefab Homes For Everyone
Are you ready to build your custom home? Whether you’re looking to build a second home, vacation cottage, or looking for a new primary residence, the eco-friendly home of your dreams is within sight! Check out our full selection of house plans.
Got a general question about our custom prefab homes? Or if do desire more info on a specific home model? Simply fill out our contact form and we’ll get you the help that you need.