There's something so rustic, so American about this project. Two brothers. A long history living on the land of your youth.
This is the ASAP House, a House About Saving A Planet designed by Laszlo Kiss. Like many green designs generated these days, this home will be a net zero energy home — it will produce as much energy as it uses over a certain period of time. To do that, the home will have good insulation, Energy Star lighting fixtures, a 10 kW photovoltaic array, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. Currently, a prototype ASAP House is being built for Sag Harbor, New York. Just last month, the factory was moving along well on three modules that will end up completing the home.
The ASAP house will cost roughly $250-265 psf, depending on site conditions, and is being designed with LEED certification in the works. It is anticipated that the finished home will be about 2,500 sf, with 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. It’ll be fun to follow the blog progress and see the finished product. At that point, we’ll officially have one more prefab contender, and more particularly, one that can service the Northeast!
This green prefab, sponsored by French architecture magazine Architectures à Vivre, was on display last weekend at the Batimat Show in Paris. I think it’s called La Maison de Demain, which I also think is French for House of Tomorrow. We’ll go with that as the name for now. Their website is in French, so if anything, you can glean certain design elements from studying the images. Some of the below information is from Google’s translation, so I hope it’s accurate.
The home is built with three prefabricated modules and meant to show that green design can be affordable and attractive. An important aspect of the house is the open area in the middle, which could be used as a covered patio to extend the footprint of the home into the natural environment. Everything about the home is green, too, as far as I can tell: FSC-certified wood and siding, green label paints, low-VOC recycled carpet tiles, LED lighting, low-flow toilet, reinforced insulation, and photovoltaic panels. You’ll also notice the living roof that provides numerous efficiency benefits (and seems to get water from the slanted roof). In the end, the compact, modern home is very efficient. Matter of fact, it’s nearly net zero energy consumption once the solar panels are live. Nice.
It’s Friday and as I like to say, why not watch a little video? If you’ve been to Dwell lately, you’ll know they just unveiled their new, completely overhauled website. It’s super nice now, with easy access to images and information from their archives. There’s also a new video page with content of some very interesting leaders in design. Hence, the name for their new video series, Dwell Design Leaders. I’ve embedded the video of Michelle Kaufmann above talking about prefab and the mkLotus. The next video below is of David Baker. I found his comments extremely interesting. The last video below is Christopher Deam talking about his modern interpretation and design of the Airstream and his collaboration with Design Within Reach. Very compelling, really inspiring.
Matt Allert took second place in the Cascadia Region GBC‘s Emerging Green Builders Natural Talent Design Competition this year with his idea, the Dwelling Dock [pdf]. The Dwelling Dock is premised on the idea that sustainability should begin with the most basic building block of our communities: the dwelling. It’s an attempt to fully integrate the infrastructure of the housing unit with the environment. Although purely in concept stage, the Dwelling Dock would be prefabricated, and would include all the accoutrements we’ve come to expect in green homes: pervious paving, recycled materials, living roof, water collection, and photovoltaic panels.
Allert’s goals for the Dwelling Dock project include some of the following: (1) collect rainwater for re-use, (2) produce energy on-site, (3) minimize site disturbance and preserve existing site resources, (4) use local materials, and (5) integrate sustainable design with recycled, low-VOC materials. And I’ve got to admit, I really like the design elements. Butterfly living roof. 3-level living. A healthy mixture of privacy and transparency. Would you live in one?
Today, Michelle Kaufmann Designs officially announced their newest home, the mkLoft. MkLoft is a townhouse loft home with 2 bedrooms, 1 loft, and 2 bathrooms, all wrapped up in a modern package. The home has double-height living space, comes solar-ready, and has all the wonderful, green materials and interior details that come standard in MKD homes: high-performance mechanical systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, fsc-certified cabinetry, etc.
One of the cool things about mkLoft is its scalability. Units can be 2-story or 3-story, live/work or residential, and the lower level can be parking, retail, or studio. You name it. You can have one or one hundred units, depending on your project needs. Developers can rely on the expertise of MKD for predictability in time and cost. mkLoft prices out at $130 – $140 psf, and you’re in the lower price range if the project calls for +40 units. mkLoft is the ultimate multifamily solution for developers wanting to go green.