The prefabricated home isn’t what it used to be.
Or, at least, a brand new one by Unity Homes isn’t.
Not only are the homes stylish, they’re ultra eco-friendly, and can be shipped and assembled in just three days.
Unity Homes Founder Tedd Benson and his team just debuted the Greenbuild Unity Home project, a 1,620 square foot pre-fab home with net zero energy standards. It was recently displayed November 18-20th at the Greenbuild conference in Washington, DC.
Built in just 30 days, the homes can last for hundreds of years, according to Benson.
The fossil fuel-free home was designed in partnership between BUILDER, Unity Homes, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The construction of the home’s pre-fab elements took just six weeks (which is pretty crazy when you think of your home renovations that took months).
Of course, the more surprising thing is their “insta-home” capability, thanks to the fact that they can be shipped and assembled in three days.
This is because the home is built on a system of pods and panels, with each room assigned to a pod that’s easy to ship and snap into place. The floor, walls, and roof of the house are also pre-constructed and just as simple to ship.
The home features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern and open concept kitchen, and no shortage of sleek, built-in cabinetry throughout.
According to Inhabitat, the home is outfitted with the largest collection of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified building products ever used in a residential project. Meaning, the home is designed to replicate natural biological processes and the smooth functioning systems of nature. This is done with things like Icestone counters, Naturepedic mattress, and SunPower solar panels. The home is also insulated with recycled fibres, adding to its environmental appeal.
At a time where housing prices are at all-time highs, the home costs around $243,000, but could be dropping to around $226,800 in the new year. The homes could signify the start of a new means of homebuilding, whereby quick fixes to the housing crisis that don’t come at a cost to the environment, and communities of affordable (yet new and modern) housing could come to life in literally a matter of months.
Check out how it’s built in this video time lapse: