Solar-Powered PreFab Can Pop Up In Three Days
Prefab homes are gradually gaining momentum as a potential construction solution for the future. The latest to be unveiled is the Unity home, an affordable net-zero home that can pop up in less than three days, but should have durability equal to standard construction techniques.
The Unity home was constructed in collaboration with BUILDER magazine and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, claims to be “outfitted with the largest collection of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified building products ever used in a residential project”.
The home is designed to be cost competitive in the market, priced at around $150 per square foot. Early predictions suggest that the figure could drop to below $140 during 2016.
Unity home’s design also incorporates C2C certified SunPower solar panels and has the potential to be an energy-positive structure.
The true potential of prefab homes is perhaps still somewhat unexplored. However, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Growth Within report indicated that the average European office space is used less than 50% of the time. The need for modular and more flexible building structures is apparent and the concurrent trend of 3D printing might just transform the future of residential and office spaces.