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 conguration. 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-specicdesign, 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 theoor, 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”.