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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423604970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423604976
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prefabricated housing, an all-purpose term that is used to describe any home that is built partly off-site, is enjoying a revival, thanks to a handful of innovative architects and hip shelter magazines. In its new incarnation, prefab is catching the eye of design-conscious consumers who appreciate its style and efficiency. Now, "built in a factory" means lower cost and higher-quality building components than many site-built homes. Most importantly, prefab and sustainability are a great match. Green prefab offers a more efficient way of building a home. People want homes that are affordable, enduring, healthy, and-now more than ever-environmentally sound.
In Prefab Green, architect Michelle Kaufmann shares her vision of creating thoughtful sustainable design for everyone. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a "prepackaged" green solution to home design. Kaufmann tells about five eco-principles that are present in every design her firm creates-smart design, eco-materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment-and how they work together to create homes that make a difference.
Kaufmann is part of a new generation of architects who are modernizing modular. They are taking the old idea of prefabrication and reshaping it to accommodate modern lifestyles and varying climates as well as a commitment to the environment. Even the small changes we make in our daily lives-as well as the large decisions we make about the kinds of homes we want to live in-can create transformations that will benefit for generations to come.
After receiving her master's degree from Princeton University, Michelle -Kaufmann worked for renowned architects Frank Gehry and Michael Graves. In 2002, she founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs. Michelle's work is widely published and her homes have been showcased in a number of museums, including the -National Building -Museum, the Vancouver Art Center, MOCA in Los Angeles, and Chicago's -Museum of -Science and -Industry. -Michelle lives in Marin County, California.
Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting. She holds a master's-degree in architecture and has worked as a staff architect and designer for several -national firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She is a design manager for -mkStudios. She lives in Orinda, California, with her husband and daughter.
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Front and back cover photos © 2009 John Swain
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About the Author

After receiving her master's degree from Princeton University, Michelle Kaufmann had the opportunity to work for renowned architects Frank Gehry and Michael Graves.

Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting.

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Much useful information and pros and cons of different building materials.
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This gives you a very comprehensive look at how building a home can be environmentally efficient and cost effective as well as individualized.
Dian Hanson
She explains her philosophy and principles in this book, with plenty of beautiful (and informative) pictures to illustrate her point.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Adam L. Gruen on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kaufmann & Remick's *prefab green* is a near-perfect example of its genre. You just have to be able to recognize the genre and manage your expectations of it. As a former corporate historian, I've seen enough of these works to know them. It's half marketing brochure, half serious analytic/academic work making a point, but not quite either. Thus, the voice and style switches back and forth in the narrative. When the author uses "we" and "our", it's a marketing brochure. When she glides into third person, it becomes more tutorial. Once you get used to it, you can appreciate Kaufmann for what she is: architect businesswoman, with a heart of gold and a slew of powerpoint slides and Remick's stunning photographs.

If you're going to write a book titled *prefab green*, basically you have three challenges. The first is to explain what is *green* construction, the second is to explain what is *prefab* construction, and the third is to explain why you suddenly decided to combine the chocolate and the peanut butter. What bias needs to be overcome, that the title of this book should be immediately and refreshingly shocking, a "whoa!" moment whether you are an architect or not? In short: can prefab be "green"? Heck yes, it can. Now go and read the book to find out how. Or take the shortcut and follow this review for a minute.

Kaufmann iterates five basic principles of ecological design: 1) Smart design; 2)Use of eco-materials; 3) energy efficiency; 4) water conservation; and 5)healthy environment.
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PREFAB GREEN offers a fresh new look at the prefab home concept, comes from the architectural perception that modular homes can be customized and modernized to become sustainable, low-energy options, and provides a gorgeous vision for creating such designs, based on the author's architectural firm and experience. Color photos pack a book filled with delightful ideas for making the most of the basic prefab concept, making this a pick for both architectural libraries and collections catering to homeowners.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Ordoyo on April 17, 2009
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This book displays the principles and design sensibilities of M Kaufmann. It is also a wonderful spread of works and existing homes, of which I can only wish to live in too in the future. I love the Breezehouse and the homes shown here makes me feel closer to my dream home!
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Michael Kaufman specializes in low-cost, factory built, low energy use homes with modern decadently beautiful architecture. She explains her philosophy and principles in this book, with plenty of beautiful (and informative) pictures to illustrate her point. It makes a useful reference or coffee table book. My wife and I constantly flip back to it as we talk about what we are looking for in a home- which helps us establish a common language and goal set before we go look at houses already built or meet at a recycled site talk to an architect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2011
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I am preparing to build an energy efficient pre-fab home in the near future and found this book very helpful. It's not as much a how-to book as say "Your Engineered House" but it is also more than just a coffee table picture book. There are a lot of good concepts and design principles that one can use when thinking about how to design his or her home. For instance, I found the concept of indoor/outdoor connection as a way to expand living space while keeping building and utility costs low a practical concept on many levels including not the least of which is the improved quality of the space. The only reason I didn't give the book a 5 star rating is that it does get a bit repetative and egocentric in places. I found myself skim-reading it and stopping to review more carefully when my interest was peaked, which was often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eco frog on April 13, 2011
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This book is contains many beautiful photos and illustrations of the authors designs and homes. It demonstrates that going green is an exciting and inviting venture into beautful living. The fundamental pricinples of green design are explained and demonstrated, including natural lighting, natural airflow, solar and minimal site footprint. It also demonstrates that prefab housing has a considerable saving in building for the owner and the environment. A must read for anybody who cares about our planet and our footprint on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scallawag on October 17, 2013
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Bought this book because we are building a house. This book was very interesting and worth the investment. This book help us with our choices, I'm glad we bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Banner on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We have land in Montana that we'd like to build a small cottage on. My husband doesn't know it yet, but we're considering this type of construction when we do decide to build.
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