Prefab and Tract
As the need for affordable, well-made and energy-efficient housing increases through challenging economic times, and as families learn more about the toxins in the very materials that surround them at home, some eco-conscious developers are buying in bulk and buying green to keep costs down and fill a market need.
Tract housing units in states ranging from Arizona to Washington to New York have been finding investors and buyers who are building eco-friendly from the ground up. Builders who still get behind the ease and low cost of prefabricated housing also have shown green growth by adding options for energy efficiency and non-toxic features in their pre-built cottage, solar and modular home packages.
Though doing some research into the green claims of companies marketing tract and prefab is advisable, there is one quality that many of these companies seem to have in common: You get more energy efficiency and make a smaller footprint on the environment, and you will likely get a smaller house, too.