The Exo looks like some sort of space station, but it’s actually a clever housing unit for emergency shelter situations. A cargo truck can carry about 15 of these — packed in two pieces, the base and upper shell — and a team of four can move and set one up in under two minutes. When assembled and connected, Exo has lighting, climate control, wall outlets, and four fold-down beds.
ZeroCottage is a cutting-edge green home under construction in San Francisco. The net-zero energy project by David Baker and Partners Architects is pursuing every notable green building certification around, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Green Point Rated, and Passive House.
There’s some great homes across the country being finished with the first i-House design. This one, for instance, was built on a lot in Green Bridge Farm, an eco-friendly development of 25 lots in Effingham County, Georgia. Owner Charles Davis won’t have an electric bill with this net-zero energy home. His butterfly roof has solar PV that generates electricity and powers a brand new Chevrolet Volt (pictured below).
XBO is a tiny project, prefabricated in 2004, that’s been floating around the internet lately as a result of being featured on Architizer. It was designed by 70°N arkitektur and built by Senja Elementer AS as an experimental abode for 2 young people on the move. The 388 square-foot (36 m2) home in Tromsø, Norway has two movable parts with just the basics — living areas, a garden terrace, a kitchenette, and a bathroom — ready to be lifted on to a container en route to the next destination.