Prefabricated homes conjure up images of uninspired architecture, but Simpatico Homes is constructing sustainable houses out of factory-built modules that are beautifully designed. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes a tour of the Simpatico's prototype house.
Modern, net-zero energy homes made more affordable with modular design
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Prefabricated homes conjure up images of uninspired architecture, but Simpatico Homes is constructing sustainable houses out of factory-built modules...
Jan 23, 2012
There's about as much warmth and "let me stay here and never leave" factor as a kitty box. Where's the usability? Where's the storage? Perhaps they forgot to show us all the wonderful features but this is one time I think a fool and his money were parted. Perhaps this is the beginning of something really great but to me there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Modular, precision-built (my term for "prefabricated", which for everyone in the world except for the builders, apparently, (and maybe their friends and relatives) means cheap, shoddy low-class construction) housing could/should the future of residential low/mid-rise construction, if only people in the industry could see that they're trying to market on an irredeemable brand: "prefabricated". Rather than resuscitate a failed brand, why not launch a new one without baggage. Precision-built housing has so many benefits: lower cost, faster construction, less waste, more control, better quality, greener...the list goes on, the industry should ditch the 20th century term and use a modern one, that truly captures the benefits of the technology. It would also be great if SOMEone could come up with a modular, precision-built style that wasn't Modern. Rob Watson @kilrwat