From Dean Dowd on March 03, 2011 in Green Remodeling
You probably already know that prefab homes, with their pre-cut, low-waste construction parts, are already greener than most traditional homes. But now Wieler, in partnership with Ralph Rapson and Associates, has taken that eco-friendly commitment to a whole new level. Enter the collection of Rapson Greenbelt prefabs.
Light-filled and modern in design, the Greenbelt collection has three general designs to choose from: the Starter, which has 1 bedroom, 1 bath and 576 square feet of space, the Greenbelt 1 with 3 bedrooms and 1,560 square feet, and finally the Greenbelt 2 with 5 bedrooms and an ample 2,660 square feet.
If your taste is a bit more unique, you can choose from the Greenbelt Piloti for small or challenging home sites, the Greenbelt Walkout for sloped sites, and the Greenbelt Townhouse for multifamily living.
Just like the original 1940s Ralph Rapson prefab design, these homes use passive solar energy collection through the natural sunlight pouring in the large number of windows. Not only does this optimize the natural heating and cooling of the home, but also cuts back on the use of electricity.
In addition, the design of the prefab allows for building onto the home as needed. So a young couple could potentially begin in the starter home and continue to add on modules as their family grows, resulting in a more manageable carbon footprint.
The truth is, these homes arent just better for the environmentthey are impressively chic as well. And thats the best of both worlds.