By David Meyer
In what local architect Virge Temme hopes is her first of many SAGE (Small, Affordable, Green, Expandable) houses she advocated for a new local business. The house being constructed on 15th Ave in Sturgeon Bay is a LEED home and will be affordable for a family earning $50,000 a year. In the midst of her planning, Temme started exploring the possibility of prefabricated wall assemblies. She maintains that a prefab factory in the area, would be a big win for Door County’s future.
Temme says that prefabricated, small, energy efficient homes make sense. She pointed to the lower cost, reduction of waste, and rising builder ages as key factors for why this could be a successful business model.