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JoT House – Handsome, Approachable Prefab?

Jot

What do you get with prefab?  (1) modular economies of scale and supposedly less construction waste, (2) labor efficient construction process, (3) ease of variability or parts interchangeability, and (4) the possibility of green, energy efficient homes, if you make that happen.  Jot Homes is backed by Yeh + Jarrard, who built the prototype JoT House in Joshua Tree (get it? JOshua Tree?) for a jaw-dropping $48 psf way back in 2004.  It seems that one of the ways they kept the costs down was by using a "central utility core" for the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry supplies.  Simple plumbing is cheaper, right?!  In addition, they use SIPs and sustainable harvested birch plywood (as opposed to fir plywood that comes from old growth), Forbo Marmoleum and cork tiles for the flooring, double-glazed low-E glass for the windows, and LED lighting technology.  Kitchen and cabinetry fixtures were all sourced from IKEA, too.

Currently, JoT House is planning some new stuff for release in early 2008 or so.  They will have the JoT Original, JoT ‘L’, and the JoT Two-story ‘Urban JoT’, with standard model prices at $210k, $260k, and $300k, respectively.  That works out to roughly $180 psf.  If you’re going after the mini-JoT, that starts at about $45k+.  And multiple mini-JoTs can be put together, too.  Let’s keep an eye out for new developments in 2008, and check the detail in some of the images below.

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Top Five Super Green Modern Homes

Top Five Super Green Modern Homes

A home doesn’t need to be modern to be green, but I like the modern ones.  I’d love to see entire neighborhoods of modern green homes.  I like the idea of changing the way we perceive the single-family home, too.  Denser neighborhoods?  Sure.  Residential wind turbines?  Definitely.  Solar on the roof?  You bet.  But right now, we’re still in the early stages of recognizing legitimate green homes.

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Powerfully Small and Green Ideabox

Ideabox

"It's like a loft you can take anywhere.Ideabox offers a pretty cool product in the modern, prefabricated housing industry.  Ideabox emphasizes good design, not square footage, and they make it easy to do.  With Ideabox, you're going to get the entire package right to your site.  There's one day to install it, one day to build the deck, and that's about it.  Depending on your site, all you really need to do is set up the water, power, septic, and sewer systems.  You can even go wireless with the turnkey solar system package, too. 

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Power Pod Can Reduce Energy Costs Up to 80%

Powerpod

And that’s pretty incredible.  It can be used for personal, business, or industrial applications.  The Power Pod arrives on a single flatbed truck and sets up in a day.  But what’s so special about it?  Well, it can outfitted with rooftop solar, the butterfly roof collects water for use in radiant floor heating, and the highly insulated walls (SIP R-28) keep the temperature just right.  Plus, there’s also the typical energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and building performance monitoring system.  Keeping track of things helps to optimize efficiency.  And with the sculptural steel pier foundation, setup should be pretty quick, too. 

Can you feel the modern, green prefab-type options increasing?  Almost out of control?  Well, competition is good and this company is based in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  It’s not really practical to be shipping homes all the way across the country, so there’s going to be lots of options in places that demand this type of construction.  The working prototype, as you will see below, looks pretty good, too.  Via Treehugger.

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Logical Homes Next Generation Prefab

Logical Homes

4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!

7/27/2008 Update: Welcome visitors searching for Logical Homes.  Logical Homes is still in prelaunch, but a recent USA Today article suggests that the company will launch in July or August 2008.  Logical Homes is an affiliate of DeMaria Design.  Make sure to watch Peter DeMaria talk about container homes and check out our container design archives.  While you're here, feel free to subsribe to our RSS or daily email updates to keep informed on green building and home innovation.

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kitHAUS at Westfield UTC, So Fresh and So Clean

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There’s a lot of talk about prefab revolutionizing the world of residential living, but when it comes down to it, prefab could be used all over the place.  This post shows how successful prefab could be in the commercial context.  Just as a little background, there’s a mall in San Diego, California, called Westfield University Towne Center, or Westfield UTC.  The mall has been around for some 30+ years, so it’s in the middle of an upgrade.  As part of the upgrade, Westfield UTC wants to incorporate environmentally friendly designs, so they retained kitHAUS to create a Visitors Center pavilion to showcase the "UTC Experience."  Basically, it’s a place for the community to interact with Westfield on design ideas for the mall remodel. 

Ultimately, the kitHAUS design used two customized K2 structures.  The first unit is the "lounge pavilion," and it’s designed to be open to the elements with louver doors for shade.  It houses a lounge and interactive display.  The second unit is the "Gallery," and it is enclosed with glass doors on all sides.  The Gallery houses a model of the potential mall design, large plasma screens, and interactive displays.  Notice the incredible looking straight lines of the deck, buildings, and trellises.  It’s so clean and modern, it’s hard not to glare at every element of construction. 

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