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LEED, Prefab, Apartments: The Modules

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Update: Read about recently completed The Modules.

This 72-unit building, The Modules, is under construction near Temple University in Philadelphia.  Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the apartment project includes 60,000 square feet of living space with a green roof, parking for 38 cars, and storage for 50 bikes.  What’s impressive is not just that this will be a prefab, green, contemporary, apartment building, but that it may be the largest modularly-constructed LEED for Homes project in the nation.

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Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.

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Reclaimed Space Prefab Sent to Marfa

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Last time we mentioned Reclaimed Space, the company had just finished selling a small home on eBay for about $75,100 (after a bidding war involving several celebrities).  But business is good for the Austin-based company that builds homes out of materials reclaimed from deconstructed homes and old projects.  This home was recently delivered to its owners and will be used as a custom sewing space in Marfa, Texas.

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Upcycled Container House in Malaysia

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I thought it would be fun to take a look at this container home designed by Ken Kwok for the distant locale of Malaysia.  Using six shipping containers, Anand Bungalows developed the 2,551 square foot project, which includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and abundant natural lighting to minimize energy consumption.  Check out the rest of these images Kwok was kind enough to share with us. 

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Wisconsin Passive House in the Woods

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It’s interesting to see Passive Houses — like the Breezeway House in Millcreek, Utah — gain more and more recognition in both the mainstream media and design and construction circles.  Another project worth keeping an eye on, Passive House in the Woods, is quietly moving forward with carbon neutral ambitions and a goal to be the first Passive House in the state of Wisconsin.

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Modern, Green, Affordable: Studio Shed

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A new start up company based out of Boulder is making these Studio Sheds for use as equipment, storage, or office sheds.  They're modern, green, and somewhat affordable with models starting at $4,900 (while the DIY flat-pack kit sells at a small discount).  You purchase the shed, secure the permits, set the foundation, and Studio Shed installs the shed in about 6-8 hours.

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