Mother Earth Living

Prefab Homes: The LEAFHouse

Solar panels and ample skylights lend this green prefab natural lighting and off-grid capabilities.

Inspired by a leaf, which converts sunlight into useful energy, the LEAFHouse motto—”Leading Everyone to an Abundant Future”—also denotes the hope of the students who designed and built the house. Not just aesthetically pleasing, the house functioned for ten days at the Solar Decathlon, creating all of its own energy and then some.
Photo By Amy E. Gardner
"Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing An Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home" showcases how beautiful, efficient and sturdy factory-built prefab homes can be.
Photo Courtesy Abrams Books
Plentiful windows and aero-gel-filled polycarbonate skylights provide views to the sur­rounding landscape and abundant daylight. All appliances in the kitchen are ENERY STAR-rated. The dining table, made of the same sustainably forested veneer as the frames around the big sliding doors, can be transformed into two full tables, each seating six. The kitchen island includes a concrete countertop that contains 6 percent recycled fly ash and 30 percent recycled glass. The maple sections were salvaged from naturally fallen trees in nearby Thurmont.
Photo By Jim Tetro
A series of moveable translucent panels transform various areas of the house to provide efficient use of space. The bedroom on the right can be opened up and the Murphy bed closed to create space for entertaining. Glass tiles in the shower are made from recycled glass.
Photo By Jim Tetro
This vertical garden on the south side of the house serves not only as an aesthetic element but also functions as part of the storm water management system. It filters the runoff water from the roof and irrigates the adjacent garden.
Photo By Jim Tetro

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