Plant Prefab Rolls Out Passive House-Certified Modular Homes
Continuing the run of collaborations from Californian prefab home designer and builder Plant Prefab, the company has announced a line of three Passive House-certified “LivingHomes,” all designed in collaboration with the Milford, Pennsylvania-based Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA). The LivingHomes series is Plant Prefab’s range of sustainability-minded, net-zero options, and in the past, the company has teamed up with Yves Béhar, KieranTimberlake, the late Ray Kappe, and modular architecture studio Koto for their designs.
For this newest line, launched January 26, Plant Prefab is squarely targeting the mid-to-upper range homebuyer looking for a ground-up sustainable option. The 2-story, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom RPA LivingHome 1 spans 2218 square feet and comes topped with a gabled zinc roof, at an estimated price of $586,257—not the final “hard” cost, as Plant Prefab estimates, of $928,407 for a completed house.
Similar to the fully 3D-printed house that recently went up for sale in Riverhead, Long Island, for $300,000, the price is perhaps demonstrative that land prices, permitting, and other currently inflexible costs will keep the touted labor savings of modular or 3D-printed homes from having too much of an impact.
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