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Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Homeby Sheri Koones
Synopses & Reviews
Prefabulous and Sustainable dispels the negative myths associated with prefab homes and shows the reader how beautiful and remarkably green prefab homes are.
In this guide to prefab home-building author Sheri Koones, demystifies the prefabricated house by using 25 unique homes to showcase how factory-built homes are greener, more efficient, sturdier, and more cost-effective than site-built homes. The book is divided into 3 categories—green, greener, greenest—and the homes featured vary in style, design, type of construction, and size. All of the homes included in Prefabulous and Sustainable have been customized to create a level of sustainability beyond the inherent qualities of prefab.
Written in an easy to understand and approachable style, author Sheri Koones walks the readers through each of the homes, explaining the materials, strategies, and systems used to create a sustainable living environment. Photographs, captions, floor plans, and sidebars illustrate to readers that green living is not as complicated as one might think, and attainable for everyone. Also included is a resource guide, making this book a hand-on guide for homebuilders.
Praise for Prefabulous + Sustainable
“Authoritative and beautiful. Once again, Koones builds her case for pre-fab thoroughly, and presents it in a compelling, well-organized package.”
—Allen Norwood, NAREE Book Competition Head Judge
Book News Annotation:
Starting from the premise that prefabricated houses are intrinsically more environmentally friendly and last longer than site built homes, Koones, an advocate of factory built construction methods and author of Prefabulous and Modular Mansions, profiles 25 new homes assembled from prefabricated materials . Supplying more images than text, each entry contains numerous striking, full page, color photographs of both the interior and exterior of the projects. Floor plans, size, location, architect, builder and manufacturer information are listed as well as the features making the house green, many of which were not factory added, such as energy-efficient appliances and radiant floor heating. Profiles are organized into three sections based on their environmental ratings, indicated by tabs of progressively darker shades of green in the outer margin. An introduction details common methods of prefab construction including modular, structural insulated panels, panelized construction, steel and timber frame. A list of resources is provided in the back. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The rising cost of fuel and the growing commitand#173;ment to protect the environment have sparked exciting innovations in prefab home construction. Showcasing the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build incredibly energy-efficient, green homes, Prefabulous World features sophisticated examples of eco-friendly home design in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United States, England, Germany, South Africa, and beyond. With floor plans, multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home, and an extensive resource section listing architects, builders, and suppliers, this book is a vibrantly illustrated yet practical guide that reveals how living in a beautiful, well-built, energy-efficient home is achievable for us all.
About the Author
Sheri Koones is a widely respected author who helps readers understand that getting the house of their dreams can be done in an ecologically responsible way. Her book, Prefabulous, explored the variety, beauty and eco-friendly benefits of prefab homes and recently won the prestigious Gold Award in the 2008 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards from NAREE. Sheri is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the Sustainable Building Industry Council, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Sheri is also a columnist for Home Resource Guide and a freelance writer and speaker. She lives in Connecticut.
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