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.
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.