Dvele‘s Brandon Weiss has a vision for durable net-zero housing. As chief innovation officer at Dvele, a San Diego-based manufacturer of sustainably made passive homes, Weiss is creating an array of home styles that buyers can customize and see built within six months. The company is working in Ventura and Sonoma Counties in California to help provide new homes for wildfire victims. Earth911’s Mitch Ratcliffe talks with Weiss about the future of housing, Dvele’s hardy construction standards, and sustainability features.
If you are going to build a home in the next few years, prefab houses offer several advantages over traditional houses and older prefab homes. Because they are built in factories and assembled on-site, Dvele passive home designs provide a secure envelope inside the home, integrated fire and earthquake resistance, and style built using new materials that can last “for centuries,” according to Weiss. Dvele homes are completely electric — no natural gas or propane appliances — and incorporate solar panels in the roof to provide reliable power year-round with battery backup.