Paradigm Sustainable Prefab at Greenbuild

This is a prototype prefab — Paradigm — recently on display at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, California. The modular home was designed by Bogue Trondowski Architects and built by Seattle-based Method Homes. The stunning little home of just under 700 square feet is eligible for 5 of 6 petals of Living Building Challenge and will also be certified LEED Platinum, according to Method Homes.

Paradigm has Insulfoam R-28 recyclable foam insulation, Thermafiber R-45 ceiling batt and wall insulation, Siga VOC- and formaldehyde-free tapes and membranes, local FSC-certified Western Red Cedar cladding and siding, a window wall by Western Window Systems, and Cascadia triple-glazed windows and doors, according to Method Homes.

The solar PV system is a 4 kW array by LG on Sun Modo’s solar racking rest with no roof penetrations, which is installed by American Solar.

Inside, Paradigm has WarmDim LED lighting by Juno Lighting Group, LG Hausys appliances (dishwasher, washer/dryer, 3-door french refrigerator, induction cooktop, and HVAC system), the Haiku ceiling fan by Big Ass fans, an ERV, a Panasonic WhisperGreen exhaust fan, and FSC non-formaldehyde cabinets by Urbanata.

The home can capture and recycle all of its own water with a Corgal galvanized steel water retention tank (5,000 gallons), Flotender’s greywater system, Infinity Drain, Axor bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and an EcoDry urine diverting toilet for composting systems. The water supports a vegetable garden with Sunnyside Organic seedlings.

The prototype on display at Greenbuild is currently offered for sale at $249,000 (but as low as $180,000, depending on the finish).* But if you don’t get the prototype, Bogue Trondowski and Method are collaborating on a Paradigm Series of homes.

The Paradigm Series currently includes three designs with one-, two-, or three-bedroom layouts of between 656 and 1,868 square feet. Pricing is yet to be determined but more detail will be forthcoming after Thanksgiving 2012.

*For more information about purchasing the Paradigm prototype contact Eva Otto at Infiniti Real Estate by phone 206-235-6925 or email [email protected]

Credits: Method Homes / Bogue Trondowski Architects.

[+] More about the Paradigm Series of prefab from Method Homes.


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  • http://profiles.google.com/kevdickson Kevin Dickson

    At $357/sq. ft.

    No chance that this will be a sustainable business. Another one to bite the dust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trayartmedia Patrick Thebrownguy

    It would appear that the price may drop significantly as a full series goes into production. The above quoted price is referencing the price of the prototype.

  • moekyaw

    nice,i like creative idea

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