You have two choices when you are looking for a new home: buying or building a home. Your choices are unlimited with both options, but you can consider prefabricated homes if you choose to build your house.
Prefabricated homes, which refer to pre-made or manufactured houses off-site in advance, are becoming more prominent among homeowners. These homes are built primarily in a factory before being shipped to the construction site for final assembly. There are several benefits in opting for prefabricated houses, which include the following:
The demolition and construction industry contributes a significant number of non-industrial waste. However, as manufacturing processes develop over time, prefabricated home builders developed greater production efficiency, accurately gauging the required material for a job.
Such development in a more accurate estimation of required material results in less waste. Since materials are stored in the factory, leftovers are more likely to be reused for other projects. Materials are also less likely to get stolen, vandalized, or damaged.
Another benefit of prefabricated homes is how they can significantly reduce construction time. Traditional construction would take six months to one year, depending on the floor area, exterior and interior design, and the available financial resources. Meanwhile, prefabricated home structures can be built in 6 to 18 weeks, depending on the design preferences, availability of materials, and shipment considerations.
Since prebuilt houses are constructed in one central place before assembling it on-site, workers can settle close to the factory rather than travelling to a potentially distant site every day, resulting in less CO2 emissions. Prebuilt homes are also better for the environment because it uses fewer materials for their construction process. It also disturbs the site less compared to conventional construction.
Prefabrication also allows for optimizing raw materials by using detailed designs and measurements. Modular construction can lead to a 90% reduction in material consumption, according to WRAP, a UK-based circular economy expert group.
Prefab homes are considered to be more environmentally friendly than stick-built homes. Many prefab homes are designed with energy efficiency in mind, which is why you’ll often see rainwater systems and solar panels in use. Other amenities such as tankless water heaters are familiar to builders.
Prefabricated homes can have different options and configurations for consumers to choose from. It is also a flexible option wherein consumers can continuously expand their homes using modular sections or prebuilt units. Prefabricated homes can also be disassembled when needs and preferences change over time. The disassembled components can be refurbished. Considering the cost advantage of its initial construction, renovation using prefabs can be inexpensive and cost-friendly to homeowners.
Prefabricated structures and components from reliable manufacturers are screened for quality control. They are also regulated to ensure the production of high-quality construction materials. Additionally, the materials for prefab home structures are free from weather-induced environmental damages as they are manufactured indoors and within controlled facilities.