Prefab homes go green with radiant heating

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 06:29

The residential real estate market is developing to meet the needs of the modern homeowner. Prior to the housing bust of the mid-2000s, many potential homebuyers sought large homes with grand foyers, big rooms and plenty of outdoor space. Now, almost a decade later, the housing recovery is in full swing and people are looking toward more flexible properties.
For example, more Americans are looking at purchasing a prefab home in comparison to past years. The Sacramento Bee reports that baby boomers are especially interested in buying prefab houses because they are conveniently assembled with little wait time. The home designs can start out simple and very soon get transformed into a high-end property with plenty of character and appeal.
"We've seen lots of clients in their 60s or early 70s," Milli Josifovski told the news source. "They certainly appreciate the time savings. They may have remodeled a house or built a home before. They want to move into an ultra-modern, high-tech home, and they can make it as high tech as they want."
Other generations are also highly interested in the energy-efficient technologies that are often incorporated into the designs of a prefab property. The news source reports that radiant heating is a common feature in a prefab home. The sustainable technology allows a homeowner to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the house and still provides plenty of comfort.
"The economy is so poor, it makes everybody more conscious of financial issues," Josifovski said. "They don't want to be spending money on maintenance and heating and cooling. These features are a way to reduce energy use. People want to know they can be more energy independent."
Radiant heating is an exceptional utility option for a prefab property because it is compact and improves a resident's living quality.