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C3 Modular House Going Up in Chicago

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Square Root Architecture + Design just began construction of its first prefab home in Chicago.  The C3 Modular Home is participating in the Chicago Green Homes program and will shoot for LEED Platinum certification with green elements such as Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, a mini-split HVAC system, multiple layers of insulation, high performance windows, and a solar thermal system.

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Fresh Pallet Style Office in Amsterdam

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Using pallets as office furniture is about as peculiar as using containers as a home structure, but in this case, aesthetically speaking, the design by Most Architecture seems to work well.  Maybe it’s the mixture of clean walls with jenga-like stacks and bold lines.  Whatever it is, BrandBase, a company based out of Amsterdam, commissioned the temporary space and wanted it to be built with recycled materials.  The design incorporates 270 pallets all together.

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Industrial Green Frame House in Verona

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This container structure was on display earlier this month at Abitare il Tempo in Verona, Italy.  The architects, Studio Astori De Ponti Associati, used discarded containers to build a home that is meant to “propose an alternative starting point for reflection,” as opposed to “a definitive and absolute solution to the question of sustainability.

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New Prices for Green Blue Sky Homes

Blue Sky Homes, maker of modern, green, steel homes, recently announced a new infusion of funding and, with that, a new website, new pricing, and new projects slated for construction this fall.

The California company first built a modern home in Yucca Valley, which by the way is open for reserved tours on October 23, and now has a pipeline of subsequent homes in various stages of construction.

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Tiny Green Work Pod from Sustainsia

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This curvy work pod was designed by Thomas Biggs and features interior furniture elements — lift-open cabinets and a Murphy bench — from Tony Carr.  Biggs and Carr offer these eco-friendly pods for sale through Sustainsia, Inc., with the hope of providing an at-home work environment that's nothing like the typical cubicle.  Green elements include rooftop solar, R30 insulation, and eco-friendly materials, while pricing could be anywhere from $10,000, according to East Bay Express.

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Efficient Modular Zero Homes in Maine

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This month, Modular builder Keiser Homes and architecture firm Kaplan Thompson Architects launched the net zero energy series of modular homes called the "Modular Zero Collection."  These homes have been designed to use the smallest amount of energy possible and, if purchasers opt for solar hot water and solar photovoltaics, can produce as much energy as is consumed on an annual basis. 

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