Back in March, we mentioned the Silicon Valley NextHouse prefab, which was designed on the inside by Sally Kuchar. If you weren’t able to tour the home, no worries because Kohler sponsored several videos with Sally and the homeowners. The 2,400 sf Dwell Home: Silicon Valley was designed to accommodate natural light, solar orientation, seasonal shading from vegetation, and prevailing wind movement, and also to contribute to passive heating and cooling. It’s an incredible prefab home. In the above video, Sally explains some of the green materials they used, such as cork tiles, reclaimed limestone, FSC certified brazilian cherry, low-VOC paints, and earth plaster walls. Below, she talks about the kitchen and master bath design — how about those penny tiles in the kitchen? Nice. Enjoy the videos …
This is the McCownGordon Construction Green Trailer. Pretty nice, right?! It was designed to use a fraction of the energy typically used by jobsite trailers and still provides a modern user experience on the inside.
The interesting thing about this trailer is that it was designed using Autodesk Revit to get everything just right: the panels were placed at the best angle to capture energy and clear overpasses, the composting toilet was modeled to show exterior vents, and the interior was modeled to perfect the wood patterns and overall design. Plus, according to Brad Hardin, BIM Director for the company, this jobsite trailer is positive energy!
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.
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.
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.