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.
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.
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.
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:
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.