With the advent of the green movement, we have seen everything from green beer to solar powered homes. There are environmentally friendly options for most things now, including homes. Prefabricated houses, or prefab homes, are homes that are built off site in a modular fashion and and may be shipped and assembled at their desired location. It is much more efficient to produce these homes - they are mass produced on an assembly line. This means that the manufacturer knows exactly what is required to build the home, which cuts down on waste. Because they are manufactured indoors, these prefab units are sheltered from the weather, which reduces the chance of weather damaged materials.
Prefabs have been on the receiving end of criticism in the past, due to lack of originality (cookie cutter designs), however designers are now branching into more custom designs, which so far have been a big hit. New York’s Museum of Modern Art started an exhibit in July called Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling that features five complete, full scale prefab models. The exhibit will run through the end of October.