While prefab home companies on the West Coast gather accolades and media for their efforts, there’s Hive Modular in Minneapolis doing some things that I think merit attention, too. The company has placed 21 completed prefab homes and is really popular with the fine citizens of Calgary, Alberta. Turns out this — the B-Line Medium 010 — is the sixth Calgary project for Hive Modular since entering the Canadian market in 2008. The two modules for this ultra-efficient home are scheduled to be set next Thursday, September 27, at about 9:00 am, if you want to see one of these homes come together.
This is Grow Community near downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island in Washington. The first three model homes — Ocean, Everett, and Aria — are finished and work is moving forward for the next 24 homes and two 10-unit rowhouse apartments. The eight-acre project is the first residential One Planet Community in North America (issued by U.K. non-profit BioRegional). However, in addition to this recognition, the aim is net-zero homes and an entirely net-zero energy community by 2020.
This is a new product by Viridian Reclaimed Wood called Siberian Spruce. It’s a mixture of pine and spruce from Russian shipping crates that have been milled into paneling, according to the company’s co-founder Joe Mitchoff. Before Viridian found the wood, it was being discarded or burned, but Viridian came up with a way to re-use the pine and spruce as an input for this beautiful, new material. The reclaimed wood is FSC-certified and may contribute toward several LEED credits for certified wood, reuse, recycled content, and regional materials. Siberian Spruce is available in 5/8″ or 3/4″ thicknesses, with a face width of 3″, and in random lengths from 4′ – 8′+.