Yesterday, a new green home design studio called Fab-Homes launched a collection of pre-designed Passive Houses for the North American market. The Vancouver-based company designed the homes to consume up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling, and operations. The actual Passive House standard will be the goal, although these homes won’t necessarily be required to satisfy the standard’s rigorous efficiency requirements.
Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas. On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.
BRIO54, a design-driven development firm, recently began construction on a prototype of their H4 design in Milford, Connecticut. The firm took the H4 through extensive planning and fine tuning in order to construct something with style and a light environmental footprint. The 2,264 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home should be quite energy efficient.
Since we last mentioned his efficient home built for under $70,000, Caleb Schafer's been quite busy. He has a new website for Simple Modern Homes with a number of new home designs. He's also doing new work with new clients, and one home in particular looks interesting. Referred to as CL24, the design is for a 2,000 square-foot green home in Canyon Lake, Texas.
Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California). According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics. The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material.
Most address numbers probably don't have back lights, but I suppose if you're going to light them, you might as well do it with solar power and LEDs. That's how it's done with these Solar LED Address Numbers from Think Geek. The numbers turn on automatically and can last up to 10 hours on a full charge. Each number runs about $16. My place is in dire need of a number swap, so I guess these are now at the top of the list. What do you think?