This is Park Passivhaus in Somerville, Massachusetts. The home was designed to the German Passivhaus standard and is currently being built on an urban infill lot. With modern detailing, a slender structure, and a shapely New England form by Placetailor, also the builder, Park Passivhaus will incorporate a Zehnder HRV, two Mitsubishi Mr. Slim mini-splits, and a high performance envelope with an 18″ double-wall cavity, blown-in cellulose, Makrowin windows and doors, Fakro skylights, ZIP sheathing roof, Siga tapes, Siga-Majvest membrane, Cedar and Alucubond cladding, etc. This is an excellent project to track, especially if you’re interested in Passive House detail.
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Reclaimed wood is a growing category of floor covering, and that is good news both for consumers and for the environment. Because of the popularity of reclaimed wood flooring, there are more and more affordable choices than ever. Sourcing just the right material for your home is still a little more work than buying off the shelf at your local flooring store, but armed with some basic information before you start talking to suppliers will make finding your perfect floor much easier. Not all suppliers are created equal, either. In most cases it is worthwhile to do due-diligence to make sure the company is reliable, established and has consistent stock before you fall in love with a particular style.
Last week I talked about how you can source the right reclaimed wood flooring for your project, and this week I want to conclude with some detail about choosing and installing a floor finish. One thing to keep in mind when installing any wood floor, you should always (always!) follow the guidelines set out by the National Wood Flooring Association. They cover every possible scenario you might encounter. We have them posted on the Viridian Reclaimed Wood website here.
Seattle-based Method Homes recently announced that they were building this incredible prefab home for Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 722 square-foot modular home will be the only residential structure on display during the event and acts as a prototype for a new series of homes — the Method Paradigm Series — by Method Homes and New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects.
There’s so much media pertaining to green prefab lately, I can hardly keep up! New World Home co-founder Mark Jupiter was on CNBC recently to discuss modular homes, prefab houses, and the benefits of modular construction relative to traditional site-built homes. He said, in short: “All houses should be built in a factory. It is the future. And we’re just preempting that and started this company before that future takes hold.”