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Work Begins on New LEED Platinum Prefab

Cascade Built just announced a new single-family home in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  “Alley House 2″ was designed by Seattle-based David Foster Architects and is currently under construction by Method Homes in an off-site factory.  The project team is seeking LEED Platinum certification with completion set for about October 2011.

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Backyard Work Studio for a Designer

I love this modern, backyard office by in.it studios for Klor, a design studio that makes trailer graphics for films such as Juno, Inglorious Bastards, and Scott Pilgrim.  It’s distinct from the home and creates a commute-free place to get the job done.

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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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