Michelle Kaufmann is continuing her work on a modern green home in Northern California.  Located on a constrained lot, the 1,550 square-foot home will be prefabricated — as currently planned — with two modules.  And although the home will be a lot smaller than the average new construction home in this country, Michelle Kaufmann Studio has designed it to feel bigger. 


Of course, there's the accordion glass doors that provide a nice transition from the indoor to the outdoor.  The open interior is also shaped with angular walls that blend the rooms together. 

In terms of sustainable design, the butterfly roof will provide a nice overhang with windows just below for natural ventilation.  Solar panels will fit just right on the angled roof, while a rain water catchment garden will benefit from water collected at the fulcrum of the roof. 

In addition, there will be smart insulation, high performance windows and systems, LED and CFL lights, Energy Star appliances, and a grey water system. The efficient design, when combined with the solar PV system, should make it a net zero energy home.  Follow Michelle Kaufmann's blog for more:

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Rendering credits: Michelle Kaufmann Studio.