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Green Prefab Extends to Chicken Coops

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While catching up on last month's Metropolis, I was fascinated by an article — Fair or Fowl? — discussing the winning design in a competition held by the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Peleg/Burshtein Architects took the top prize with a proposal that consolidates poultry farming into a futuristic, 200-foot prefab farm outfitted with chicken feed silos, small wind turbines, photovoltaics, and greenery to mitigate the industrial steel exterior. 

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Delivering Healthy Gen7 Classrooms

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We've seen green portable classrooms from Toby Long Design and Frog Zero classrooms from Project Frog, and this Gen7 School from American Modular Systems is an interesting option to add to the mix.  The school is factory-built and delivered about 90% complete with an unbelievable 90-day turnaround.  AMS indicates that the Gen7 classroom could save owners ~$100,000 per year in direct costs *and* will come with a ton of green features:

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Ideabox Launches Urban Series Prefabs

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It seems like the winter is when prefab companies tinker with offerings.  For example, Blu Homes just launched Evolution, Rocio Romero launched the stackable LV2, PieceHomes launched extraPieces, and LivingHomes launched wood frame construction nationally.  Ideabox, an Oregon-based prefab company that recently launched the new Fortino, is revamping their lineup with the new Urban Series. 

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Green Evolution Starts with Blu Homes

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Blu Homes just announced the launch of their Evolution series of green homes designed for single-family, townhome, and development communities.  It's the first home model from the company allowing two levels of living, high ceilings, an open layout, and roof deck space. 

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Fincube Prefab Low Energy House

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Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time.  According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows. 

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Downsizing with IKEA Modular Dwelling

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You've probably heard about IKEA's prefab homes offered overseas called BoKlok.  This isn't anything like that, but it has some interesting potential.  As discovered by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design, IKEA recently teamed up with ReadyMade to show these ReadyMade Signature Modular Dwellings at a few locations along the West Coast.  The dwelling has a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom — all tightly packaged in a tiny little space. 

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