Green & Sustainable. The most sustainable energy is the energy never spent. Purchasing a Cabin Fever prefabricated home puts you in the door of a greener lifestyle. Having a smaller more efficient home means having a smaller closet (for less material items), a smaller garage (with room for a smaller, more efficient vehicle) and an overall smaller living space (for priorities and necessities only). That is why our small living solutions contain a lot more living than the over sized neighbor. The unnecessary size that we never build, doesn’t spend any energy at all.
Controlled Factory Environment. Our prefab solutions are ‘system built’ structures, manufactured in a controlled and modern factory environment indoors. This approach alone is green, yielding many opportunities to exercise sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices. Building from standardized components allows us to be extremely precise with material procurement and preparation, optimizing our use of materials and minimizing material waste and landfill contribution from both the factory and project site. Factory-built housing models warrant a local factory workforce, where a typical drive is substantially less versus a construction-site workforce that often commutes regionally reducing our contribution to carbon dioxide.
Tight Buildings. Tight Buildings are buildings that are designed and built to let in minimal infiltration air in order to reduce heating and cooling energy costs. In actuality, buildings typically exhibit leakage that is on the same order as required ventilation; however, this leakage is not well distributed and cannot serve as a substitute for proper ventilation.
Smarter Materials. We are constantly seeking out smarter materials to incorporate into our designs. Our windows and doors feature insulated thermal glass, which greatly improves the efficiency of heating and cooling systems, thus saving energy. We also currently integrate the following materials and solutions:
Wood is Good. Wood is cost efficient, renewable and carbon neutral – actually it is the only climate neutral building material. Wood requires a lot less energy in the building process comparing with concrete or bricks. The forest’s carbon storing capacity increases if the forests are being well managed and harvested. Young trees grow fast and absorb more carbon than old trees. And the planet prospers with wisely-managed forests.
Wood is carbon footprint neutral and has very good insulation qualities.
The low weight of wood makes construction work and transportation a lot more efficient and sustainable.
Wood can be recycled as energy, replacing other fossil fuels.
Wood manufacturing create very little waste. Practically all bi-products can be used into other goods, such as chip boards, or recycled into energy.
Often our structural members are made of Timber-Strand Wood, a product that uses 100% of the wood log and because it comes from a more juvenile tree, the harvesting practice produces more wood per acre per year when compared to traditional mature tree harvesting.
James Hardie Green Materials
Contributes to LEED NC points MR 5.1 and 5.2 (Regional Materials) and MR 4.1 and 4.2 (Recycled Content).
Ten manufacturing facilities support the regional economy and reduce the environmental impact caused by transportation of materials.
Raw materials are low in toxicity – wood pulp, cement, sand and water (recycled up to 4 times).
Longer lasting materials not only require fewer resources for replacement but also reduce maintenance and repair costs.