January 26, 2011
When we last checked in with prefab housing, it was reeling from the market crash, and green modular homes were turning into yet another thing you could only have if you were rich. But things are looking up, as USA Today reports a rise in popularity for prefab houses, which -- in addition to being appealingly simple to snap together -- range from "a little greener than a normal house" to "zero net energy," and can incorporate all sorts of green building features. The modular revolution is back on track! Next I want swappable hairstyles like a LEGO minifig.
Small: Architecture and engineering students at Texas Tech University are trying out new ideas for sustainable building in a prefab house inspired by Thoreau's cabin at Walden.