Are you ready to buy a prefab green home like you buy a car?
Photos courtesy of Acre Designs.
A Silicon Valley startup hopes to use technology to bring affordable, sustainable homes to market that can be ordered online and shipped to a prepared site.
Acre Designs, founded by Jennifer and Andrew Dickson, started in Missouri, where they built an 800-square-foot prototype home. They later moved to Silicon Valley and joined the Y Combinator incubator to tap into the California market, where the Title 24 codes calls for all new homes to be zero energy by 2020.
There's tremendous growth potential: according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy show that there are currently only 14,000 zero net energy homes in the entire country.
Acre Designs uses SIPS that snap together like building blocks for its prefabricated kit homes that are assembled on a prepared site in a matter of days.
To start off, the company is targeting the high-end custom home market, with the Series A (the pitched-roof ‘Modern Farmhouse’ style home, with two stories, similar to the Griffin home), and the Series B (a single-story, butterfly roof style ranch house with a mid-century modern flair).
Acre offers both designs in three different size footprints: a 1200 sq.ft., 2-bedroom home; ($400K); a 1500 sq. ft. 3-bedroom home ($450K); and a 1800 sq. ft. 4-bedroom home ($500K). In 2017 the company plans to offer homes at lower price points as well.
As a venture-backed startup Acre Designs plans to address architecture and construction from an entirely new perspective. "We want to replace today’s out-of-date houses with innovative, attainable, high-quality homes that are better for people and the planet. Our goal is to give families back the freedom to prioritize what matters most to them – and a home that reflects these values," the founders said.
The homes are designed for sustainability in terms of materials and the shipping process. The components of a home are packed in a single shipping container, and trucked to the building lot.
The company partners with local builders to erect and finish the home and deliver it to the buyers.
Co-founder Jennifer Dickson told Atelier.net that "Our vision is about co-ordinating design and architecture within a single product and – in a way – approaching home design and construction from a startup perspective. We see a home as a technology entity in itself, rather than as just a framework to which you then attach technology. We also wanted to rethink the way people use and share the space where they live.”
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