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Breezehouse is the New Sunset Idea House

Update 07/30/2012Sunset Idea House Prefab in Healdsburg

Last year Sunset Magazine chose a container home as the Idea House, but this year prefab is taking over with an energy-efficient Breezehouse from Blu Homes.  The home will be built in Blu’s Vallejo factory on the West Coast and can be seen at a “Factory Preview” on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1-3 pm (RSVP here).  After that, it’ll be shipped to Healdsburg, California, and open for tours in August 2012.  We’ll try to follow up with more detail when the home is complete.

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SunShower SSIP House Built in NOLA

In September 2010, I mentioned the winning design in a competition involving steel SIPs from OceanSafe.  The REOSE Sunshower SSIP model, designed by Tulane University professors of architecture, Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, is now complete and demonstrates a home that can withstand hurricane-force winds and extreme weather while still incorporating the latest in energy- and water-saving technologies.

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Passivhaus Rainbow Duplex in Whistler

This is a follow-up with new photos to our original coverage of an affordable Passive House duplex located near an affluent ski resort in British Columbia.  Referred to as the Rainbow Duplex, the home was designed by Marken Projects and built by Durfield Constructors with a high-performance, panelized prefab system by BC Passive House.

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Solar Shipping Container House in Colorado

This is a solar-powered shipping container house in Nederland, Colorado.  It was designed by Studio H:T and completed in 2010 with two shipping containers that straddle a social and open central area with the kitchen, living room, and a loft, according to ArchDaily.  Studio H:T designed to award-winning home to be off-grid with a combination of solar orientation, passive cooling, a green roof, pellet-stove heating, and solar PV.

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NZE Showhouse Finished in Edmonton

This is a net-zero energy showhouse in the Belgravia neighborhood of Edmonton.  The home, built by Effect Home Builders, has been open on Sundays and displays the solar-powered approach to reducing the use of fossil fuels.  A massive rooftop solar array feeds energy into the grid and produces as much energy as will be needed on an annual basis.  In addition, the home has several other green aspects.

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Contemporary INFILL is The New Prefab

John Dwyer was involved in the design of the first LEED Platinum home in Minnesota — 5ive — and now aims to change the way homeowners purchase homes.  He recently unveiled INFILL, “the new prefab,” with a plan to provide complete delivery, high performance, and full adaptability from three basic prefab designs.

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