We like to keep a pulse on the evolving world of green prefab, but there’s an Austin-based company that we’ve yet to mention. Ma Modular, a venture of design-build firm KRDB, turned to modular construction to make modern design approachable, affordable, and convenient. The company is also committed to good design and green building and aims to deliver projects with a quick turnaround.
If you had the chance to catch 60 Minutes on Sunday, you saw their exclusive on Bloom Energy. The company has been in stealth mode for some time, but all of that appears to be over. As reported by Lesley Stahl, which you can view in the video embedded below, Bloom makes a fuel cell that will be used to power homes (in the future) and commercial buildings (right now).
Update: Read our owner interview with more background on this project.
This beautiful home will be the first certified Passive House in Utah. Passive House consultant Dave Brach, principal of Brach Design Architecture, anticipates receiving a certificate in the next week or so. He designed the Breezeway House to consume only 10% of the energy of an existing single family home of the same size and location and 20% of the energy of a new home built to code. What’s more, solar electric and hot water panels should produce about 75% of the home’s annual energy needs.
Of the temporary and permanent housing solutions envisioned for Haiti, there's everything but a shortage. On this site alone, we've supported Shelter Box and mentioned efforts by House Arc and Andrés Duany. Another effort that recently caught our attention is this Shipping Container Housing project to rapidly fabricate temporary relief housing out of 20 foot used containers.
At the beginning of every year, there's a tradition for the industry to talk about trends. We've done it in the past, but this year we reviewed trends published by Jerry Yudelson and the Earth Advantage Institute. Now, EcoHome Magazine has published it's own list of seven green trends that will impact homeowners and green building professionals. Here they are:
- Smaller, smarter home designs.
- EPS: miles per gallon for houses.
- Green building poised for explosive growth.
- 11 tips for mastering building envelope design.
- 7 trends shaping the future of green building.
- Boulder encounters difficulties while going green.
- Eco-friendly buildings provide employee benefits.
- Preventing other problems during energy retrofits.
- Green work spaces attract young business.