Two former luxury home builders are now founders of a prefab company that ensures affordability and sustainability from its homes. The company, Dvele, came from the builders’ realization of how outdated traditional stick-built construction is, along with their trips to Europe where prefab construction is more common, says Forbes. As climate change becomes more severe, the company hopes to inspire a transition into clean-energy homes. Dvele’s prefab homes are self-powered through solar energy and use 84% less energy per square foot compared to traditionally built homes. These homes create more energy than they use, making them able to function off-grid and withstand power outages.
“We've redesigned the home from the ground up,” says Goodjohn. “Our approach not only results in ultra-efficient living environments that can generate more energy than it takes to operate, but also ensures the safety, health and wellness of occupants.”
Kurt Goodjohn and his brother Kris Goodjohn stumbled into the construction industry, starting off building luxury homes using traditional, stick-built construction. Quickly, they realized how outdated, inefficient, and uninspiring these methods were. They had seen prefab construction projects on a trip to Europe and wondered why the homes weren’t more popular in North America. So over beers one night, they decided to found a company in the prefab industry.