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These luxury prefabs are going fully off-grid

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Dvele homes will now come with a new thermal enevelop, solar power, and a backup battery system

Single-story house with a garage and covered entrance. Dvele

High-end prefab home builder Dvele just got a little more high-tech—and eco-conscious. The San Diego-based company, which is known for its luxury prefab designs, announced this week that it would start exclusively building fully self-powered homes going forward.

Since its founding in 2017, Dvele has branded itself as a sustainable option in the prefab space, but its new initiative takes it a step further with homes that run entirely on solar power and stored energy. Dvele’s models are similar to other eco-minded prefab homes in that a major focus is to limit the amount of wasted energy produced in the first place.

View from kitchen looking out through floor to ceiling windows. Dvele

To do that, Dvele developed a new building envelope with a thermal barrier that ensures any heating or cooling produced in the house stays in the house. The company claims its homes utilize 84 percent less energy per square foot to operate than a traditionally built home, which means running totally on solar power is actually achievable. All new Dvele homes will come with solar panels plus a backup battery system to hold any extra energy generated.

Off-grid capability is a way for Dvele to distinguish itself in the increasingly crowded prefab industry—and to get ahead of local regulations. California, no stranger to mass power outages, passed a state building code in 2018 that requires all new homes from 2020 onward to have rooftop solar, the first rule of its kind in the country.

Dvele recently showed off its first self-powered model in Ventura, California—you can check out its full line of self-powered prefabs here.

Open plan dining room and kitchen. There’s a table with six chairs. Dvele
Living room with built-in shelving flanking a mounted TV. Dvele
White-walled room with a bed and two side tables. Dvele
Outdoor patio with white and gray seating, overlooking hills. Dvele