Prefabricated homes 'more energy efficient'

Househunters hoping to buy a property in Scotland may consider opting for a prefabricated home due to their environmental benefits.

According to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), prefabricated housing – properties constructed offsite in advance – can achieve high levels of energy efficiency.

In this way, prefabricated homes may be a good option for Scottish first-time buyers looking to save money on their energy bills.

John Slaughter, of the HBF, explained that the way in which the houses are constructed ensures that performance standards are more easily controlled.

"They [prefabricated homes] have early assurance of air tightness and insulation quality because it’s produced according to specific specifications in a factory environment," he said.

The six largest energy providers in the UK have recently raised the price of gas and electricity, with an average increase of 15 per cent.