C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.

C3 is clad in a combination of reclaimed barn wood, fiber cement board, and corrugated metal. Below that, there’s a well-insulated shell that will help contribute to overall estimated energy savings of 50% (when compared to a typical home).

Green elements of this single-family home include Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, a mini-split HVAC system, high performance windows, FSC-certified wood framing, low-VOC finishes, natural hickory and cork flooring, two large solar thermal panels, and six 50-gallon rain barrels to collect rainwater.

The 2,000 square-foot modern home has four bedrooms and a vegetated roof and deck.  The project team is pursuing both Energy Star and LEED Platinum certification.

[+] More info on the C3 Modular project in Chicago.

Credits: Square Root Architecture + Design.


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  • http://www.weehouse.com weeHouse by Alchemy

    Such a cool project! And a breath of fresh air for Chicago design sitting between those classic lovelies. Hat’s off to the firm for figuring out how to work with the city on this. Modular is a great solution for infill housing, we think (obviously), and it’s so great to see this option exercised. Looking forward to seeing the landscaped photos, too.

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