The History of Prefab Housing In North America

Prefabricated housing, or prefab housing, refers to buildings that are manufactured off-site and then assembled on location. The history of prefab housing in North America dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, when pioneers and settlers began using prefabricated structures to build houses, barns, and other buildings. One of the earliest examples of prefab…
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The Benefits of a Heat Recovery Ventilation System

An HRV, or Heat Recovery Ventilator, is a mechanical ventilation system that is designed to improve the indoor air quality of a home. It works by exchanging the stale, indoor air with fresh, outdoor air while recovering the heat from the outgoing air. This process not only helps to improve indoor air quality but also…
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Utilizing Exterior Insulation in the Built Prefab Enhanced Envelope

Built Prefab utilizes exterior insulation in its enhanced envelope and for houses built to Step 4 or 5 of the Energy Code, and in its Net Zero applications. Rigid exterior insulation is a popular choice for improving the energy efficiency of a home. One of the most common types of rigid exterior insulation is expanded…
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Computer Aided Design in the Built Prefab Design Process

Computer Aided Design (CAD) has revolutionized the way architects and builders design and construct houses. This technology allows for the creation of detailed, accurate 3D models that can be used to plan and visualize every aspect of a home, from the layout of rooms to the placement of electrical outlets. Built Prefab utilizes 3D CAD…
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Financing a Modular Home Purchase

Financing a Modular Home Purchase The Basics So you’re interested in purchasing a modular home, and need to more about how you will finance the project. This is a simple blog to explain how financing a modular home is the same in the end as financing a house constructed on site, but different in the…
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The British Columbia Step Code and its Impact on Construction

The British Columbia Step Code and its Impact on Construction What is the BC Building Code? Construction in British Columbia is governed by the BC Building Code. Among other things, the BC Building Code contains a number of requirements with respect to energy performance in new construction. What is the Step Code? In April 2019,…
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Last Call For Secondary Residences in the ALR

  We’ve written a few times of the impending ALR deadlines relating to secondary residences.  As we understand it, as of December 31, 2020 the maximum size of a new secondary residence will drop from around 2200 down to about 1000 sf. If you are considering building a custom or semi-custom A277 or Z240 residence…
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Built Prefab in the News, More on the ALR

Built Prefab in the NewsWe’ve been getting some press and it has been nice to talk about what we’re doing.If you’re interested, take a look at the recent BC Business article focusing Built Prefab and our proprietary Build and Price tool, available to the public on our website.  Additionally, here’s a little write up on…
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Covid 19 and Design, New Model and Modifying Floorplans

THE IMPLICATIONS OF COVID 19 ON NEW HOME DESIGN As the coronavirus spread and lockdown life became the new normal we have all ended up spending a lot more time at home. It’s as if we live our entire lives in rooms where we once spent just a couple of waking hours. While this huge…
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Build and Price, Meet the Team, More about the ALR

Why the Built Prefab Build and Price Tool is the Ultimate Place to Start Designing Your New Home There’s a saying that goes: “When the going gets tough, the tough go online shopping.” This pithy statement has become more and more relevant in the last few months as Covid 19 has left us scrolling the…
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