Off-Grid Emergency Response Studio

ERS South

I’m completely fascinated by this Emergency Response Studio.  The gist is that Paul Villinski created a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio from an old FEMA-style trailer — it’s off-grid, sustainable, and an excellent example of eco-reuse.  But there’s more.  According to an article in the LA Times, apparently Villinski tried to buy one of the 143,123 FEMA trailers purchased by the government in the aftermath of Katrina, that is, until the government stopped selling them and began buying them back due to formaldehyde fumes from glues used to secure rugs, plywood, and other fixtures.  So he bought this one for $5,015 from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife through a GAO auction.  And after getting rid of the nesting rodents, he cleaned it up and pimped it out for an exhibit called Prospect .1 New Orleans starting early November 2008. 

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By |October 27th, 2008|Gadgets, Prefab, Single Family, Solar|1 Comment

Green Hybrid Residence for a Briard

Residence for a Briard

Designed by Sander Architects, this part prefab, all custom-made home was recently profiled in the NY Times in an article entitled "Prefab, High-Concept, and Green."  The exposed denim insulation and loft-like interior caught my eye, so I decided to learn more about it.  Apparently, the owners retained Sander Architects to build something that was very green, on a super-tight budget, and amenable to the owner’s large French Briard dog.  The resulting 4,200 sf home, according to the architects, is their greenest Hybrid House ever built.  It features a greywater system, passive heating and cooling, rainwater collection for landscaping, recycled blue jean insulation, sunflower seed wall board, bamboo flooring, marmoleum, structural steel frames from recycled steel, etc. 

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By |October 27th, 2008|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

mkHearth, an Eco Modern Farmhouse

mkHearth Neighborhood

Today Michelle Kaufmann announced and released details of mkDesign’s newest modular design, a modern farmhouse home called mkHearth.  I like the rendering above because it illustrates how an entire neighborhood of modern, green, mkHearth homes could look … imagine plush gardens in lieu of turf, home fronts instead of garages, and greenroofs in the place of shingles.  The mkHearth centers on a hearth space where a cabinetry / fireplace unit extends and connects the first through third floors. 

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By |October 20th, 2008|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

Ideabox Debuts Green Prefab Island Cottage at Seattle Home Show

Island Cottage by Ideabox

The Seattle Home Show opens its doors today at Qwest Field and ideabox will be debuting a brand new design called the Island Cottage.  The 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 625 square-foot home was designed as a recreational cottage for places like the San Juan Islands, a home for small footprint urban infill, or an ancillary living space for an accessory dwelling unit.  Like all ideabox models, the Island Cottage is certified by Energy Star and Earth Advantage programs — all materials are selected for resource efficiency and performance. 

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By |October 16th, 2008|Prefab, Single Family|4 Comments

Blu Homes Moving Forward with Modern, Green, and Affordable Homes

Blue River House

When we first brought news of Blu Homes in July, the company was on the cusp of something interesting.  Since our first article, they've been busy with plans to design and build innovative, sustainable homes.  They've also been crunching the numbers and working on ways to design and build prefab homes that are legitimately affordable.  And with all the talk recently about prefab and affordability, we thought it'd be interesting to revisit a couple development projects of Blu Homes.  They have two homes in the pipeline that, I think, illustrate the case for affordable, modern, and green homes.

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By |October 15th, 2008|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|9 Comments

GreenPod Offers Full-Circle Home Design

Ludlow GreenPod

GreenPod, a company run by architect and environmentalist Ann Raab, designs and builds compact modular homes that are sustainable, healthy, and energy efficient.  The amazing thing about this company is their full-circle design approach, which aims to help clients create a complete green home right down to their bathroom towels and artwork. 

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By |October 13th, 2008|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|8 Comments