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The Exo Tiny Modern Emergency Shelter

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.

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How Are Prefab Homes Built in a Factory?

The prefab industry has changed a lot in the last few years.  Case in point, ZETA Communities, a producer of net-zero energy multifamily housing came on to the scene in the beginning of 2008.  In something like 3-4 years, they’ve built up a lean manufacturing facility with 91,000 square feet in Sacramento that’s just incredible.

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Ultra-Green Zero Cottage in California

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.

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Blu Homes Intros New Lofthouse Prefab

Blu Homes just announced a new home style — the Lofthouse — designed by the company’s architects to “appeal to traditionalists and modernists alike.”  The modern version eliminates shutters, expands the windows, and provides an indoor/outdoor living experience.  The traditional version has Colonial-style windows and shutters to fit in an existing or historic neighborhood.

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A New Rocio Romero Prefab in California

This is martial arts instructor and ex-photographer Steve Rapport’s LV home, a modern prefab designed by Rocio Romero, in Pacifica, California.  Steve has been documenting the construction and working budget on his site, The Minnie House — a reference to his late mom, Mina, sometimes called Minnie — and the finished home is looking fantastic.  Check out some interior and exterior photos below:

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Net-Zero i-House Open for Tours in Georgia

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).

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