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20 Fabulous Green Prefabs of 2010

The world of prefab — off-site fabricated homes shipped as panels, modules, kits — is doing well these days.  Some companies are shipping more homes every month.  Indeed, prefabrication offers several potential benefits that the housing industry cannot ignore: accelerated construction, controlled construction, construction without the elements, and minimal waste.  It all depends on the designer and manufacturer, but these homes can be ultra green, too.  Take these 20 green prefabs that we mentioned this year:

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FreeGreen Unveils Cool Loop House Plan

FreeGreen, a provider of free and premium green house plans, recently unveiled a new premium plan called Loop House.  The modern design features a two-story rectangle covered in fiber cement panels with a loop of cedar that creates a covered porch space.  It’s easy to envision using this space in several ways — watching movies, gathering around a fire pit, and relaxing with friends.

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15 Shipping Container Projects of 2010

I thought there would be a slowing of container projects, but I’ve been wrong.  They’re popular and some are well done.  That said, as mentioned last year, containers are difficult to work with — here’s a list of considerations — and some folks don’t like how they look like.  Perhaps some of these will change the general perception of that, though.

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Small, Green, Affordable: Shelter Series

After several years of concept and development, architect Ed Binkley came up with “the shelter series” — small, green, affordable abodes — to be used as relief housing, guest housing, small scale developments, or pretty much anything else.  These homes range in size from 300-1,400 square feet and can be built without breaking the bank.

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Egle LED Table Lamp from Artemide


Artemide recently introduced a refined-looking, energy-efficient table lamp called Egle, which has adjustable direct LED lighting and is available in polished white, black, or chrome finishes. Notice the concave base, a feature included in the lamp by designer Michel Boucquillon for two reasons. It can hold tiny objects and spreads light when the lamp is adjusted downward.

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Dwell Home Selling on Gilt This Week

Here’s a quick note to modern enthusiasts.  Gilt Groupe just listed plans for a Dwell Home by Turkel Design for 50% off the normal rate.  That’s $12,500 for the Finisterre 1115 plan and architectural services to customize the plan.  The plans are for a contemporary home that can be used as a first home or weekend retreat, depending on an owner’s situation, and doesn’t require much land to make it work.

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