Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe,author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

The rising cost of fuel and our growing global commitment to reducing our carbon footprint has sparked exciting innovations in prefab home construction. Showcasing the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build stylish, energy-efficient, green houses, Prefabulous World features cutting-edge examples of eco-friendly home design in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, the United States, England, Germany, South Africa, and beyond.

Superb photographs spotlight a vast spectrum of architectural styles and settings for these homes. From the elegant, light, and airy Plus Energy House in Cologne, Germany, to the cozy Concord Riverwalk cottage, which is one of ten homes in a pocket community in a quintessential New England town, the fifty homes in this book fit in beautifully with their natural surroundings and far exceed any preconceptions we might have of prefabricated homes. For each featured house, Koones presents specs, green aspects, energy aspects, challenges faced by the builders, and solutions that help these homes achieve new heights of sophisticated and sustainable living.

Sheri Koones takes us on an insider’s tour of Casa Iseami in Costa Rica and explains how, among other innovations, it was built on stilts to minimize its impact on one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. She takes us into the Montana Farmhouse in Gildford, Montana, where the industrial chic–style kitchen is the family-friendly hub of the home. And she guides us around the breathtaking Lugano House in Switzerland, which is situated on a mountain to capitalize on passive solar heat.

With floor plans, multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home, and an extensive resource section listing architects, builders, and suppliers, Prefabulous World is a vibrantly illustrated yet practical guide that reveals how living in a beautiful, well-built, energy-efficient home is truly achievable.

“Sheri Koones’s books have inspired professionals and homeowners to consider using prefabrication methods that reduce waste, inherently conserve energy, and limit the need for fossil fuel. This latest book . . . demonstrates the valiant efforts of builders around the world to use prefab methods to build houses that are not only beautiful but also substantially reduce energy usage and drastically reduce construction waste. I hope these examples will inspire you as they have inspired me.”

Robert Redford in the Foreword of Prefabulous World

About the Author

Sheri Koones is a bestselling author and expert on prefabrication whose previous books include House About It, Modular Mansions, Prefabulous, and Abrams’ Prefabulous + Sustainable and Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. She won the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award from NAREE in 2008, 2011, and 2013. Koones is also a freelance writer and speaker. She lives in Connecticut.

Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe

By Sheri Koones; foreword by Robert Redford

Abrams Books

Publication date: Earth Day, April 22, 2014

U.S. $35.00/ CAN. $40.00 / Hardcover

300 pages / 9.5 x 10 inches / 300 full-color illustrations / ISBN 978-1-61769-083-9

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Exteriors, Foundations, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Healthy Homes, Heating & Cooling, Home Design & Plans, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation, Interior Design, Lighting, Lumber and Structured Panels, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Passive House, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Plumbing & Fixtures, Prefabricated Homes / Systems Built Homes / Modular Homes, Roofing, Solar Power, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Products, Ventilation, Water Heaters, Water Saving Devices, WaterSense, Windows, Wind Power

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