German HUF Haus makes these beautiful, modern, post-and-beam homes through precision engineering and factory manufacturing. The homes are expensive but a HUF house is energy efficient, spacious, and high tech. HUF is a unique participant in the green prefab world with their signature floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.