Modern Green Fischer Chalet in Colorado


Hot on the heels of acquiring Michelle Kaufmann Designs, Blu Homes has now announced the completion of their first home in Colorado.  Homeowners Michael and Nikki Fischer have moved into their custom Blu | Chalet, and they seem to love it (watch video below).  With a blend of smart design and energy efficient products, energy costs for the Fischer Chalet are expected to be about 30-50% less than a similar, traditionally constructed home.

This green Breckenridge home features modern cedar v-groove siding, a pre-cast concrete and foam foundation, spray foam insulation, high efficiency furnace, an open layout with abundant interior natural light, non-toxic cabinetry, and renewable bamboo floors, among other green elements.  It's also a lot smaller than typical new construction at 1,700 square feet. 

I understand that the Fischers gravitated to Blu Homes because of Blu’s commitment to affordability and sustainability.  A lot of prefab is only affordable as compared to custom architect-designed homes, but that’s still a stratosphere away from most individuals.  Blu, however, is seeking to make these home more affordable.  For example, this home cost about $290,000, all in, which is pretty incredible. 

[+] Eco-friendly Blu Chalet in Breckenridge.



Photo credits: Michael Yearout (top 2); Tim Hotchner (bottom).

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  • Anonymous

    At first glance I wasn’t a huge fan of this home because of the exterior, but after seeing it from the interior photos, I was sold. Especially if they can accomplish their goal of making these homes affordable.

  • Leah Pollack

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  • Portland Real Estate

    This is the way to go to make affordable green housing the norm for everyone!


  • Anonymous

    Love the design. Also love the location! One additional consideration for all the windows – for this home or any other – use them to generate heat. Our firm, SolarChoice Heat, recently announced the availability of our new passive solar heaters that are disguised as window treatments. Natural convection draws cool air into the bottom of each vane where it is heated by an aluminum insert via sun (and snow reflection). Warm air exits the top of each vane at about 120 degrees. The whole process – from 60 degrees to 120 takes about 2 seconds. And every SolarChoice Heater is custom made to owner specifications. Energy savings? About 35%. So, an already smart home can become even smarter about winter heating. And any home can take advantage of this solar technology application to save energy and generate heat.

  • PeterW

    The best way to make a green home most affordable is to build it yourself. By serving as an owner builder, you can get into a zero energy home for less cost than a conventional home. Sound interesting? Its really a lot easier than most people think, if you get the right help. Let show you how.

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