Eco Prefab Homes - Affordable Eco-Friendly Living

Posted on 12 March 2014

Eco prefab homes offer a unique lifestyle experience. They are being embraced worldwide as the answer to global warming, natural healthy sustainable living, self sufficiency and reduced energy costs. They are an innovative, exciting, practical and inexpensive alternative to traditionally constructed houses.

Eco prefab homes are creating a wave of excitement with both architects and the general public. They are progressive and ecology driven through the use of cutting edge technology. They are modernistic innovative and unique, and are constructed utilizing renewable top grade sustainable building materials, and expert design. There is a broad choice of design options, and you can choose the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that suit your needs. The house height can range from one level bungalow type units to several floors.

One of the great things about eco prefab homes is that they can be built or set up in any location, even where normal construction would not be feasible - this makes them ideal for off-grid living. On site construction and assembly is also far less hazardous for the environment. Whether it is a for a main residence or a holiday getaway, eco homes are most certainly a realistic affordable option. - This not only applies to the purchase or construction cost, but also to future years' maintenance, energy running costs and expenditure.

Eco prefab homes can be built on site using the relevant parts, or ready made factory-constructed homes can simply be delivered. In the case of the latter, even the factory process is eco driven. There are various types of prefab, these include: module (3D), panel (2D), component or complete build. A hybrid prefab is an option which involves combining several different prefab systems. The read-made homes can be transported in a single shipment, either fully constructed or in large parts which easily join together via a monolithic interlocking system. If you are constructing the home yourself from ready made parts, then it only takes a matter of a few days to join up them up, and the months of sky high costs employing construction workers and architects needed for a standard house construction are negated. Options range from just a basic shell construction through to a fully completed house.

The house frame can be made from steel or ecotimber, the structural insulate panels for the walls are made from wood and plastic with a poly-form core. The insulation is designed to give an advanced eco thermal performance which can reduce utility bills by a whopping sixty percent. The floors are made from wood or bamboo. The windows span the length of the house from ceiling to ground. The modern lightening arrangement is all LED. All finishes are done using healthy non-toxic products.

One winning factor is that eco prefab homes are architecturally and technically designed to offer a healthy indoor living space which is efficiently run. Their low energy output means less emissions and less contribution to global warming. They are primed for self-sufficiency: solar panels harness the sun for hot water and electricity, as does the wind; and air is channeled for in-house ventilation, and filtered water from rain is harnessed into a rain tank. Smart appliances are run from fuel cell electricity, and all plumbing washing and cooking needs are ecologically tailored.

Eco prefab homes are designed to be flexible and the availability of modular options means that you can begin with a small home and then gradually add to it. There are lots of interesting options and added extras to optimize individual requirements. The layout of the house can be linear, offset or L-shaped. Single modules and fittings can be purchased at any time. These are popular as some can be simply folded away when not needed, and are great added extras for barbecuing etc. Decks can be arranged around the house, and guest quarters can be added to the decks.

'Hybrid' architectural eco homes, based in New Zealand, were the national winners of sustainable homes under $50,000. They offer many different and exciting design options and features. They have a number of different home designs and layouts. These include: the Kowkai, the Manuka, the Ponga, the Toi Toi, and the Karamu. Checkout hybridhomes.co.nz for more detailed information.

When you have found a suitable plot of land then you will need to contact a professional experienced company to undertake various tasks on your behalf. These include: a feasibility study and consideration of a preliminary design and layout. The latter covers: a geological review of the land site, a topographical survey, a preliminary proposal to the local area council, a LIM report; and site, floor and elevation plans. At a later stage consultation with the relevant authorities re building permits permissions and application are a must. Completed drawings and an outline of the proposed specifications as well as schedules of materials, components and finishes are also required. In addition, engineers and builders need to be consulted in order to discuss the timeframe for the completed project.

Eco prefab homes are a truly wonderful sustainable alternative to standard housing, they are representative of a healthy ecological way of life and future for both people and the planet.