Articles - May, 2011

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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