Articles - May, 2011

Prefab LivingHomes Complete in Los Altos

Santa Monica-based LivingHomes is doing great things with factory-built homes designed by elite architects. They built the first LEED Platinum home in the country and have since certified about 8 more Platinum-level prefabs in various places. Not satisfied with only single family homes, the company has been working on this 3-unit multifamily project in Los Altos, which is also shooting for Platinum certification.

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The Power Haus -22 HERS Index Home

The ‘Power Haus’ by Josh Wynne Construction in Sarasota, Florida has achieved the lowest HERS rating on record in the U.S., a negative 22, with an elegant, well-crafted design. Earning 118 LEED points the home is just shy of also becoming the highest scoring LEED home in the country by 1.5 points to the Helenowski Residence in Chicago, which holds the highest known score at 119.5.

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New LABhaus Prefab Home in New Jersey

It’s only been three months since we first mentioned this New Jersey prefab, yet the modern LABhaus is complete and the owners are spreading their wings in the new place.  The single-family home has 2,438 square feet with a basement, four bedrooms, and three baths.  It was built with the owners’ budget of $340,000 and includes beautiful green and luxurious elements.

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The Great Prefab Debate [UPDATED]

Update 5/19/11: Chad Ludeman & Co. just had a baby son last night, so the debate will delayed until Thursday, May 26, 2011.

As you may know, I have a lot of interest in factory-built homes and prefabricated construction techniques.  Some of this comes from living in Japan and seeing how big companies like Panasonic, Sanyo, and Toyota fabricate their homes.  The rest comes from a fascination with homes and technology, as well as years of writing on the topic – can you believe we have nearly 340 articles about green prefabs.

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Lowe’s Rolls Out Sungevity Solar iQuote

This week, Lowe’s, the second largest home improvement retailer in the world, and Oakland-based Sungevity, a residential solar juggernaut, announced an agreement to work together, according to a press release. As part of the agreement, Lowe’s will take an undisclosed equity position in Sungevity, and Sungevity will offer its solar solutions to Lowe’s customers through an interactive, in-store experience.

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Chicken Coopsickle on a Steep Incline Site

We’re building up a nice archive of chicken coop designs these days.  Reader Matt Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build just sent us photos and details of his Chicken Coopsickle in California.  He designed this to work on a woodsy site with a steep incline — it’s planted in concrete with a redwood post.  Floating steps run upward to the hen house, which is made with interlocked half-lap joint flooring, Tennessee red cedar siding, and a plywood gusset topped with a single sheet of aluminum for the roof.

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