Recent Daniel Sokol sent me an email to share what he’s doing with steel shipping containers for a New Hampshire-based company called LEED Cabins. He can convert a 20-foot unit into a small, comfortable home in as little as 25 days from $15,000. Or he can build a bigger home with adjoining containers from about $40,000.
Texas-based Solar Lights Factory just opened an online store with various solar LED products — pavers, cylinders, and icebergs — intending to make them available to regular consumers at an approachable price. The paver costs $40 each; the cylinder costs $50 each; and the iceberg starts at $15 each. Each product is self-contained and, with some creativity, can be used for landscapes, gardens, decks, pathways, driveways, and patios, etc.
- Next gen builders.
- Good, bad, ugly of green building.
- Can European windows actually save carbon?
- In UK, landlords face fines for inefficient buildings.
- A new kind of energy-efficient light bulb.
- Free range city: attacking child obesity.
- Building green.
The Modules at TempleTown is an impressive project. It embodies what many in the industry believe to be the benefits of off-site fabrication: waste reduction, speedy construction, and cost savings. Designed by Interface Studio Architects, The Modules is a student apartment building in a double-H shape specifically designed to allow natural lighting in all of the rental units.
Speaking of tiny prefabs, Modern Cabana — the same company behind last year’s Sunset Modern Cottage Idea House — has a 10’x12′ demo cabana for sale. The UC 10×12 model retails from $16,375, but this demonstration version is selling with a 25% discount. The Modern Cabana includes a french door, clear cedar siding, denim wall insulation, rigid roof insulation, maple interior paneling, and bamboo flooring.
KitHAUS just installed two prefab modules, a K3 and K4, in Arroyo Grande, California. And if you’ve ever wanted to test out a tiny prefab, the company is running a contest over the next year called “ourHAUS yourHAUS kitHAUS” for the opportunity to stay a weekend in the fully equipped kitHAUS retreat.