You Be The Judge In The Great Prefab Debate


UPDATE: The results are in, at our biggest audience ever for TreeHuggerLive. Our two invited judges, Allison Arieff and Preston Koerner, both went for Michelle Kaufmann and the Affirmative; our Audience went solidly for the Chad Ludeman and the negative. You can watch the recorded debate below the fold.

Join us at 3:30EDT as we livestream the great debate, with Prefab Prima Donna Michelle Kaufmann speaking for the affirmative, while Developer, Builder and prefab critic Chad Ludeman speaks for the negative, with respect to the resolution:

Be It resolved that Prefabrication is a greener way to build.

Judges are author Allison Arieff and Jetson Green's Preston Koerner (bios here) and you, the viewer, via a poll we will post after the debate starts.

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It is the first time we have tried this kind of thing, using a mix of skype and livestream technology.

We will try and run this like the real thing, albeit virtual; Michelle, for the affirmative will speak for 5 minutes; Chad, for the negative, will speak for 5.

Then there will be a discussion for 15 minutes or so, where each debater may ask the other questions, the moderator can ask, or questions can be entertained from the floor.

Finally there are the rebuttals, where Chad, the negative, summarizes his arguments. Michelle, for the affirmative, concludes with her rebuttal.

(Why does Michelle get to go first and last? One guide I read says "Experts say that the Affirmative has the hardest job having to prove that the resolution is true, so letting the Affirmative speak first and last makes up for this.)

Read more about Michelle Kaufmann:
Michelle Kaufmann Prefab On Exhibit In Chicago
Michelle Kaufmann's New Prefab Series Explores the Power of Zero

Read More on Chad Ludeman:
100K House From Postgreen Wins LEED Project of the Year
Good Green Design Doesn't Have To Be Expensive: The M&M; House
Prefab is Not The Answer to Affordable, Modern & Green Homes

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