Prefab homes that are stylish, sustainable (video)

Simpatico Homes constructs eco-friendly, modern houses out of factory-built modules. The inspiration? Joseph Eichler. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes a tour of a prototype.

Think factory-built homes, and you might immediately imagine design that is wholly uninspired. But Simpatico Homes builds prefabricated homes that were inspired by Joseph Eichler, known for bringing mid-century modern architecture to California communities.

The modular homes are not only stylish, but sustainable and energy-wise too. And because they're prefabricated, they don't take as long to put together. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes a tour of a prototype home in Emeryville, Calif. Watch the video to see just how fast they can "set" (install) a house.

This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "Modern, net-zero energy homes made more affordable with modular design."

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