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KieranTimberlake LivingHomes, Green Prefab for Versatile Residential Uses!

Livinghomes Townhouse

LivingHomes, the expert developer of modern, sustainable prefab, strikes again with a new collaborative relationship with award-winning architecture firm KieranTimberlake Associates, designer of the incredible Loblolly House.  The duo of KieranTimberlake and LivingHomes puts incredible background knowledge of prefabrication to use, which should enable LivingHomes to build faster, cheaper, and more green homes and townhouses.  LivingHomes shoots for a minimum of LEED for Homes Silver on all projects and is guided by the Z6 philosophy: zero energy, water, indoor emissions, waste, carbon, and ignorance.  Together with KieranTimberlake, LivingHomes has announced the development of the following:

  • LivingHomes Building System (“LBS”),
  • Expandable Single Family Residence, and
  • New LivingHomes Townhouse. 

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Prefab Low Cost, Fast Assembly Can Be Elusive [WSJ]

Napa Prefab

++The House in a Box [WSJ]

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Allison Arieff on "Modern Prefab" [LA Times]

Rocio Romero Prefab w/ Wood Siding

Allison Arieff tells it like it is in this interview with LA Times.  This weekend, Arieff, Michelle Kaufmann, Jennifer Siegal, and Rocio Romero will be doing a panel called "The 4 Women of Prefab" at CA Boom Show in Santa Monica, California, March 14-16, 2008.  I’d do anything to be there for that!  Any one handy with a video that will be there, email: jetsongreen at yahoo dot com. 

Also, check the CA Boom Show Flickr photos, if you can’t be there. 

Dwell to Launch Silicon Valley NextHouse Prefab!

If you’re on the West Coast and want to check out modern prefab a la Dwell, the experts of modern prefab, now’s your chance.  The Dwell NextHouse by Empyrean – Silicon Valley will be open for tours to the public March 29-30, 2008.  The 2,400 sf prefab 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. 

Plus, for a sneak preview of the inside of the Silicon Valley NextHouse, I’ve embedded a little video from sallyTV founder, Sally Kuchar, interior designer for the project.  I think you’ll enjoy the over dub …

Portland's First SIPs House to Save 70% on Bills!


Update: 8/7/08 – check out Seed’s blog documenting the project at

Yesterday Seed Architecture Studio and Kaya General Contractors announced plans to build the first house in Portland using structural insulated panels ("SIP").  This sustainable home design is targeted to save 70% on bills (compared to a home built to current energy code) utilizing tech such as LED and fluorescent lighting, efficient appliances, passive cooling, and the ultra efficient SIPs.  Speaking of the home, Seed Architecture Studio owner Darin Dougherty said:

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A Prefab M-Hotel on the Cusp

m-hotel by tim pyne

I love the possibilities and ideas presented by the m-hotel from Tim Pyne.  That said, I can’t say there’s anything green about the concept (that is soon to be a reality) other than two things, possibly: (1) it’s a non-permanent structure (7-10 years) where the parts can be reused differently in the future and dismantled to make way for a different use on the site, and/or (2) it’s a prefab structure and prefab has the potential for green benefits such as material savings, lower construction waste, and minimized site disturbance, etc.  But still, it’s cool and innovative.  The m-hotel is designed as a series of steel-framed slot boxes that slide into the frame (which makes for easy dismantling in the future). 

The striped m-hotel as you see above is being considered for Sclater Street in London.  If approved, the hotel will have 32 units each measuring 16 x 36 feet (576 sf).  Work may begin as soon as this summer and should be complete by end of the year.  I can’t wait to see the finished product. 

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