Plant Prefab Delivers Custom LivingHome to Agoura Hills Fire Victims
RIALTO, California – March 11, 2022: Plant Prefab, the first Certified B Corporation™ building technology company dedicated to sustainable design, materials and operations, today announced the installation of a 2,354-square-foot private residence in Agoura Hills, California. The home was designed by Plant Prefab’s award-winning in-house design studio and custom prefabricated in the company’s Rialto, California factory as a combination of Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™.
The California Modern style residence works in harmony with the property’s topography to maximize living space in a modest footprint. Carved into a scenic hillside overlooking Malibu, the lower level of the home is comprised of a two-vehicle carport leading to an entry hall, laundry room, artist’s studio and primary suite with private deck. Upstairs, an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area extend onto a large balcony and sunroom for indoor-outdoor living. The social gathering spaces are flanked by two guest rooms with shared access to the balcony and sunroom, providing abundant natural daylight, fresh air and views from every room in the home.
The project showcases the flexibility of the Plant Building System™, in which Plant Prefab CAD engineers collaborate with project design and site teams to determine the most efficient scope allocation between the factory and site general contractor. To maximize soil retention on the sloping lot, the first floor was constructed as a combination of site-built reinforced concrete walls and factory-built Plant Panels, which were delivered in February for installation around the concrete components. The second floor was prefabricated as three volumetric Plant Modules, which were delivered complete with interior finishes, fixtures and appliances. The coordinated approach kept trucking and on-site finish work to a minimum for cost control and schedule expediency.
Fire resiliency and energy performance were key considerations of the home’s design. A tight building assembly including a Class A roof prevents embers from penetrating the building envelope, while cement-based composite siding, high-performance glass and a sprinkler system provide additional fire resistance. Careful site planning and strategic door and window placement maximize cross-ventilation to reduce the need for air conditioning, and a large rooftop solar array will provide electricity for the home.
The design is modeled to outperform California Title 24 energy performance standards by over 10%, a key metric in Plant Prefab’s carbon footprint calculation. The company measures and includes such Scope 3 emissions in addition to the more commonly reported Scope 1 and 2 emissions from company operations. Plant Prefab was the first housing prefabricator to announce a net zero goal and has implemented carbon reduction initiatives and purchased offsets to achieve carbon-neutral operations since 2020.
ABOUT PLANT PREFAB
Plant Prefab is the first Certified B Corporation™ building technology company dedicated to sustainable design, materials, and operations. The company’s patented Plant Building System™ utilizes advanced digital modeling and fully customizable Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™ to help architects, developers, general contractors, and individuals design and build multifamily and custom single-family homes 20 to 50 percent faster than site-based methods. The system provides better quality control, design flexibility, and time, cost, and material efficiency than traditional methods of offsite or on-site construction. Plant Prefab has two factories in California (Rialto, Ontario) and a design studio and show home in Santa Monica. With a mission to build a better world by design, Plant Prefab was the first housing prefabricator to announce a net zero goal and has achieved carbon neutrality in their operations since 2020. Plant Prefab is backed by leading investors including Amazon, Asahi Kasei, Gerdau Paris Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and others. For more information, visit plantprefab.com.