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A Tech Approach to Green Prefab [Forbes]

If you follow the prefab movement or have an interest in these homes, I recommend reading Todd Woody’s recent profile of Blu Homes in Forbes.  Blu, which is planning a second factory north of San Francisco, uses software, engineering, design, and technology to make sustainable homes attainable to more people.  They’re a “technology company that builds homes,” according to co-founder Maura McCarthy.

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Pros and Cons of ISBU Design [ArchDaily]

We’ve seen teams around the world doing great things with shipping containers, or intermodal steel building units (ISBU).  That said, even carefully designed projects seem to have challenges.  ArchDaily, in a recent article called The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture, said: “Shipping container homes makes sense where resources are scarce, containers are in abundance, and where people are in need of immediate shelter such as, developing nations and disaster relief.

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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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