How Europeans Build Greener Homes with Offsite Construction and Manufacturing

By Gerry McCaughey, CEO of Infineco LLC*

As Americans debate whether prefab is a greener way to build, those active in the discussion should not be surprised when their dialogue receives puzzled looks from their European counterparts.

In Europe, this very question was asked and answered nearly two decades ago. The resounding findings were that prefabrication creates higher-quality structures that reduce both the embodied energy content and the amount of carbon produced annually during the operation of traditional onsite-built homes. The reduction in carbon emissions can be as much as 40 to 60 percent.

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By |October 25th, 2011|Editorial, Prefab|17 Comments

Glidehouse Unfolds on an Island [Video]

This is the next generation of the popular Glidehouse, a home design originally created by Michelle Kaufmann that was later acquired by Blu Homes.  Blu tweaked the design to fit the company’s custom fold-up system of construction, and this is the first, new Glidehouse to be delivered.

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By |October 20th, 2011|Prefab, video|4 Comments

Method Unveils Two Prefab Home Designs

Method Homes, a Seattle-based manufacturer of green prefab homes, recently introduced two new home lines, the Option Series and Elemental Series.  The former was created in collaboration with Seattle-based Grouparchitect and the latter was created in collaboration with Seattle-based PB Elemental.  Both lines offer flexibility in the form of multiple configurations and can be built from the $130s per square foot.

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By |October 19th, 2011|Prefab|1 Comment

Wittus Intros Efficient Wood Pellet Stove

Toba is an award-winning pellet stove designed in Italy by MCZ Group SpA in collaboration with EMO.  The simple, modern appliance can warm a space of about 1,800 square feet at more than 90% efficiency, according to Wittus, which announced plans in June 2011 to import Toba into the US.

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By |October 19th, 2011|Modern design, Technology|0 Comments

Newly Reclaimed Bathroom in Portland

If you’re thinking about a bathroom overhaul, I think this is an article you will enjoy reading.  Architect Jeff Stern of In Situ Architecture was approached by a homeowner in Portland to transform an old bathroom with a modest budget.  Expanding the size of the room meant a larger budget, while using the same footprint meant saving money through the use of existing plumbing and fixture locations.

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By |October 14th, 2011|Modern design, Renovation|2 Comments

Sett is a Tiny, Green, Modular Studio

Austin-based Sett Studio makes unique and inventive prefab studios ranging in size from about 97 to 192 square feet.  The company pairs modern design with energy-efficient construction to create what can be used as a home office, art studio, yoga space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  Plus, a Sett Studio can be had for about $20,000 – $30,000, depending on the model.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Prefab|3 Comments