A Small Osprey Eco-Cottage Has Landed

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A few weeks ago, we told you Nationwide Homes was preparing a 523-square-foot home called The Osprey for IBS 2010.  Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson was on the scene and snapped a few photos amidst the hordes of industry professionals.  Like Clayton Homes' i-House, the Osprey is a small, green modular home designed for flexibility.  It can be used as a small home, home office, retreat, casita, or in-law apartment. 

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The Osprey is one model of five ECO Cottages unveiled by Nationwide at IBS 2010.  All of them are supposed to be "eco-nomical, eco-friendly, and eco-logical."  The Osprey itself includes some of the following green elements:

  • Energy Star, low-e windows;
  • Energy Star appliances;
  • R21 walls, R19 floors, and R50 ceilings;
  • 15.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF ductless HVAC;
  • On-demand tankless water heater;
  • Zero-VOC paints and an air filtration/cleaning system;
  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads; and
  • Ready for solar thermal and solar PV. 

The ECO Cottages will be built in Martinsville, Virginia, and one- and two-bedroom homes are priced between $50,000 and $100,000. 

The Osprey includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, galley kitchen, and integrated decks.  It can easily go off-the-grid, as well, if that’s what the homeowner wants or needs.  The standing seam metal roof has room for thin-film solar to generate some or all of the home’s energy needs.

[+] Learn more about these ECO Cottages.

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Photo credits: Nationwide Homes (top; bottom 3); Timothy Dahl (rest).


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  • Anonymous

    These little homes are great, and I agree that we need to look at smaller homes both for building efficiency and for the low income housing market. However the buzz surrounding them makes me wonder whether we have lost site of ideas like flat packing and other efficient shipping methods. Also who is buying these. Are they being marketed to Haiti or New Orleans. Can we build them with locally sourced materials or is it just another string of vacation homes and more excess that we don’t need. I would like to see some of this innovation going to a technology that helps further the cause of sustainable buildings. Vacation homes are not sustainable don’t encourage the market. I will be happy to see this fad go the way of the pet rock.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, benjaca. But a small, factory built home made with little to no waste that can be taken off grid is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately the way our society works requires that innovation starts at the top and filters down to those who need it most…. If homes like this become popular enough, the prices will come down and become available to more people.

    Incidentally, Michael Reynolds (of earthship fame) is always one of the first to go into places like Haiti and following the tsunami to build locally sustainable homes for the victims, teaching them how to do it.

  • Anonymous

    I like the green and yellow house. I hope they really are economical. Everyone should really go back to the basics and live life as simply as we can. Less pollution, less dangers to the planet, less stress.

  • http://twitter.com/dfrane David Frane

    These houses look great, but they are no better adapted to local conditions than the average tract house. That porch with the center post is a bad idea in an area that is subject to high winds (which is anywhere on the coast). The owner may not mind losing the porch in a storm – but what about the neighbor whose house it crashes into? Ditto for putting this thing out in the desert – as is shown in one of the photos. Solar heat gain is a major problem. High tech glass can help but what you really want is shading.

  • Sswardepaul

    Would love to see a larger floorplan that could accommodate a family.

  • George

    I would love to build a Eco Village in Panama Central America with this type of construction. I love the Architectural design, and use of materials. I live in the mountains of Chiriqui at 3000-5600 Ft. above sea level which makes for just about perfect weather. Ranging from ( 57 to 84 degrees each day) all year long. No Heating or A/C is needed and we have lots of sun,wind and rain to build self sustaining eco-living villages with Coffee, Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Rice and live stock all round us. Best of all, it would be affordable to all our Expats, and the other 100,000 plus living in Panama for retirement etc.

  • George

    I would love to build a Eco Village in Panama Central America with this type of construction. I love the Architectural design, and use of materials. I live in the mountains of Chiriqui at 3000-5600 Ft. above sea level which makes for just about perfect weather. Ranging from ( 57 to 84 degrees each day) all year long. No Heating or A/C is needed and we have lots of sun,wind and rain to build self sustaining eco-living villages with Coffee, Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Rice and live stock all round us. Best of all, it would be affordable to all our Expats, and the other 100,000 plus living in Panama for retirement etc.

  • George

    I would love to build a Eco Village in Panama Central America with this type of construction. I love the Architectural design, and use of materials. I live in the mountains of Chiriqui at 3000-5600 Ft. above sea level which makes for just about perfect weather. Ranging from ( 57 to 84 degrees each day) all year long. No Heating or A/C is needed and we have lots of sun,wind and rain to build self sustaining eco-living villages with Coffee, Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Rice and live stock all round us. Best of all, it would be affordable to all our Expats, and the other 100,000 plus living in Panama for retirement etc.

  • George

    I would love to build a Eco Village in Panama Central America with this type of construction. I love the Architectural design, and use of materials. I live in the mountains of Chiriqui at 3000-5600 Ft. above sea level which makes for just about perfect weather. Ranging from ( 57 to 84 degrees each day) all year long. No Heating or A/C is needed and we have lots of sun,wind and rain to build self sustaining eco-living villages with Coffee, Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Rice and live stock all round us. Best of all, it would be affordable to all our Expats, and the other 100,000 plus living in Panama for retirement etc.

  • George

    I would love to build a Eco Village in Panama Central America with this type of construction. I love the Architectural design, and use of materials. I live in the mountains of Chiriqui at 3000-5600 Ft. above sea level which makes for just about perfect weather. Ranging from ( 57 to 84 degrees each day) all year long. No Heating or A/C is needed and we have lots of sun,wind and rain to build self sustaining eco-living villages with Coffee, Fruits, Vegetables, Sugar Cane, Rice and live stock all round us. Best of all, it would be affordable to all our Expats, and the other 100,000 plus living in Panama for retirement etc.

  • g13man

    no prices listed

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