Go Small, Live Green

Go Small, Live Green

Living small oftentimes means living a lifestyle that is friendly toward the environment. Consider small prefabricated homes, homes that are among the fastest-growing “green” homes in environmentally conscious circles. A green home features such eco-friendly things as rainwater capturing systems, a roof designed for solar installation, carpeting made of recycled materials, and wind power. While it’s not necessarily the case that the smaller the home the greener it is, the case can be made of prefab homes built with that goal in mind.

Green prefab homes are built with one essential goal: to reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint on the planet. An eco-friendly fact of green prefab homes is that they are built in a factory, which means a sharp reduction in the material waste that usually accompanies residential construction. Another benefit to the environment is their construction material.

Many are built with sustainability in mind, from “cradle to cradle” in environmentalist parlance. Materials such as recycled glass and reclaimed wood are used, as is special construction for elements such as green or “garden” roofs and walls. Some homes are finished on the inside with special paints and varnishes that drastically reduce or eliminate home-interior “off-gassing” associated with standard articles such as fabrics.

Shrinking homeowners’ footprints was the motivation that drove Copeland Casati to start Green Modern Kits, Green Cottage Kits and Green Cabin Kits (GreenModernKits.com, GreenCottageKits.com and GreenCabinKits.com), companies that produce passive-solar prefab house kits. These homes are designed “to collect, store and distribute solar energy,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy, with the help of passive-solar design that uses fewer heating and cooling systems.