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August 21, 2013:
The upswing in home construction following the recession is bringing new green techniques to prefabricated homes.

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Green Kit Homes

The desire for green building and low carbon footprint homes has made kit homes an environmentally responsible option for buyers and builders. Many kit homes have compact designs that still offer good home for the money. The fact that the home parts are built at the same time lowers the carbon cost of making the home, since a typical build takes much longer, and involves more vehicles for commuting and construction.

What are the advantages of a Prefab Kit Home?

Prefabrication Allows for Efficiency, Lower Cost

Prefab HomesPrefabricated kit homes have been around since the 1890s in one form or another, but are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who may not be able to build on site or who do not want to wait for construction of a house. Furthermore, modern prefabricated homes and home kits also qualify for
EnergyStar incentives and can represent a significant energy cost savings. In the 1950s, prefabricated home kits made it possible to quickly put together a home using steel and a minimum amount of wood, and these homes still attract a lot of interest today, given that termites don't have much luck when it comes to munching on metal as opposed to steel. Modern kit homes, however, may come almost completely assembled or may have all the parts ready and require extensive assembly. In earlier times, all the parts for homes were sold in kits that were transported by rail, and instructions were  used to put the house together. In prefabricated home building, modular units may be delivered to the site and assembled to make sections or floors of the home very quickly, with all electrical and plumbing work having already been done in a large hangar-like factory that assembles homes out of the harsh extremes of summer and winter. When the home is placed on site, it may be nearly complete, or it may require roofing in addition to pluming and electrical hookups.

Today's prefab kit homes, as mentioned, feature energy efficiency in the form of superior insulation and construction. Because they are also designed to be moved on to a site, they also contain more metallic structural elements which may be able to handle wind and extreme weather better than traditional wood homes. In fact, there have been cases where prefabricated homes have been left standing when other houses were destroyed, but this does not mean that anyone should fail to seek shelter in the event of an oncoming storm.

With the ending of the recession and the 2013 upsurge in home prices and new home starts, prefab home designs are moving fast. This is especially true in rural areas around big cities where people bought inexpensive plots of land and are now looking to put a house down. What is surprising, however, is that many buyers are snapping up distressed lots in suburbs and essentially replacing 30 and 40 year old houses with entirely new models. These prefabricated houses have a lower impact than a home built from the ground up, and are more customizable than modular homes or manufactured housing. Furthermore, because the pieces of the homes are assembled on site, there are more rigid standards for construction and insurance companies may offer discounts thanks to higher quality control standards. When choosing a kit home over other options, it is important to consider the amount of time it will take to assemble the home, and the neighborhood's safety and security, since you don't want to come to the job site one day and find out that all the copper fixtures have migrated to the Sudafed fans down the block.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Always make sure you get the proper permits when buying prefabricated homes, since you need to make sure the home fits the neighborhood and city codes