Should your sustainable home be prefab?
If you are looking to build a truly green home, prefab is no longer synonymous with basic or low-quality.
In fact, there has been an architectural revolution in prefabricated construction – in Sweden, over 80 per cent of houses are now built in factories.
The latest issue of Sanctuary Magazine contains a Prefab and Modular Special, looking at 16 companies that build homes with high energy star ratings and renewable materials cost-effectively.
There has been a big jump in the number of companies offering prefab modular panel systems. Airtight and interlocking, they range from structural insulated panels (SIPs) using high-density foam, to timber wall panels filled with glasswool and many other combinations.
But there’s much more in the latest issue of Sanctuary: Architect Marie Carrel explores the attraction of courtyards and how they can be best designed for livability; Anna Cumming takes a look at sustainable staircases; and there are articles on open source home automation and phase change materials for energy performance.
And, as always, Sanctuary profiles some of the most beautiful and innovative sustainable homes across Australia and the world.