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Sanctuary magazine issue 9 - Prebuilt green home profile

Sanctuary magazine issue 9 - Prebuilt green home profile

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Prebuilt modular houses. Prefabricated green home profile from www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au, Australia's only magazine dedicated to sustainable house design.
Prebuilt modular houses. Prefabricated green home profile from www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au, Australia's only magazine dedicated to sustainable house design.

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Published by: Sanctuary Magazine on Oct 21, 2009
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Prebuilt modular houses
by toby Horrocks
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few years ago, architecture rm PleysierPerkins came to Prebuilt with their “Mod”design for a prefabricated house. Their ve metrewide by 16 metre long modules are the maximumsize you can t on a wide-load truck without specialpermission, and can be arranged in just aboutany conguration. According to Prebuilt’s MelissaSydney, “they are like huge pieces of Lego”.During the design phase, clients work with thePrebuilt design team to develop a site-specicdesign, after which the drafting team produceplans. The owner of Prebuilt’s Merricks house isa former employee of Prebuilt, so she was veryfamiliar with how it works. She says the wholeprocess took less than a year, including gettingplanning approval for subdividing her land.In her design, the Merricks homeowner choseto minimise the use of steel and aluminium forembodied energy reasons. “I went with all timberwindow framing and timber footings,” she says.The homeowner also selected her own nishes,like the tiling around the replace and the recycledtimber oor boards. Prebuilt now offer her designas a standard oor plan.
The Mod has a steel deck under theoor, but the rest of the structure is traditionaltimber stud framing.
Because of the lightweight construction of theirmodules, Prebuilt crank up the insulation – R1.1Air-Cell in the oor, R3.1 insulation in the roof, R2.0in the walls, and every window is double glazed.“We generally hit 6.5 stars,” says Melissa Sydney.Even though the Merricks client installed anairconditioner last summer, “I didn’t use it once”.

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