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Off the Grid Small Osprey for IBS 2010

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Update 1/27/2010: A Small Osprey Eco-Cottage Has Landed!

Starting January 19 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, four modular demonstration homes will be on display for the International Builders’ Show 2010.  All of the homes will qualify for the NAHB’s National Green Building Certification, and they’ll be smaller, too.  One home in particular, The Osprey, caught my attention.  The 523 square-foot home, perhaps, will be the greenest of all four models in the Show Village. 

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Picturesque Oceanside Prefab in Oregon

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I first noticed this genuine weeHouse on Mrs. French's site last month (see here, here, and here).  The Oceanside Prefab, as it's know, is on a picturesque spot on the Oregon coast and available for rent should you have any interest.  The home was assembled with two 14' x 50' modules by Stratford Homes and designed by none other than Alchemy Architects

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Blu Launches Origin Folding Prefab

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Early this month, Blu Homes announced the launch of their new product line dubbed Origin.  As you can see below, Origin is built using Blu’s folding technology, which allows the company to ship homes nationally, and then unfold them to widths up to 17-20 feet.  It’s an interesting take on factory-built construction.  And Blu just delivered four Origins to the new late night talk show Lopez Tonight in Burbank, California.

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Green Clayton i-House Set in Kentucky

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There's been a lot of talk of the i-House ever since Clayton Homes announced its launch in about January of this year.  The home is contemporary, affordable, and energy efficient.  Landowners Bob and Melinda bought a 37-acre swath of land in 2006, hoping to someday build a home on it and live the good country life.  They're 95 miles from Louisville in western Kentucky and had an i-House delivered just about a month ago. 

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An Incredible Expandable Green Prefab

This video of Blu Homes recently hit the Innovation Economy column of The Boston Globe.  In This New House, columnist Scott Kirsner gives us a look at the folding prefab technology that Blu Homes uses for homes built in their Littleton, Massachusetts factory.  The folding style of construction presents an interesting new wrinkle to prefab, and Blu is able to save transportation costs by shipping more house and less air.

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Green Modular Malaysian Idea House

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This is the Idea House by Broadway Malyan for Sime Darby Property, one of the largest property developers in Malaysia.  The home was designed as an attempt to become the first carbon zero residence in South East Asia.  The home would be prefabricated in modules to save on labor costs, speed up the construction process, and make deconstruction of the home easy at the end of its useful life.  Some other green aspects of the home design include:

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