Green homes come in different shapes and sizes. For some, it means remodeling an old house or living in an apartment and sharing resources with your neighbors. Another option that has gained steam in the past few years has been prefab.
Method Homes and Balance Associates Architects have recently introduced the M2 home from their S-M-L Series. The design is comprised of two factory-built modules with an enclosed bridge section and site-built foundation. In addition to the inherent benefits of prefab (more control over the building process, less waste, etc.), the homes also boast environmentally friendly materials and efficient systems. Heating (and cooling, if desired) is delivered via an efficient ductless mini-split system and an on demand heater provides hot water only when you need it. Durable exterior metals (metal siding and roof) mean a longer life span and less maintenance for the homeowner. The floors and cabinets are made with FSC wood and dual flush toilets and low flow fixtures help reduce water usage. To top it all off, prefab can also mean a smaller cost per square foot than traditionally built homes and the construction time is often reduced by several months.
(Images: Method Homes)