Blue Crest Modern Prefab in Austin

Blue Crest, a modern factory-built abode by Texas-based Ma Modular, is complete and the owners have moved in.  The 1,900 square-foot home was finished in Austin with two modules and includes three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a screened porch, garage, and a large deck (pictured).

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By |June 8th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Solar Powered Sunset Idea House 2011

This is Sunset’s Idea House, or Cargotecture, which was just on display recently during Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park.  It’s a tiny living space of 192 square-feet, though there’s room to sleep up to four.  It’s also solar-powered and ultra-modern, yet the nine-year old container structure has visited dozens of countries and traveled more than a half million nautical miles.

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By |June 7th, 2011|Categories: Container Design|Tags: , , , |22 Comments

C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.

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By |June 6th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Prefab|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Net-Zero Reality, Certified Lumber, Efficient Technology, + Bulb Phase Out

Bulb in, bulb out.
Making net-zero energy a reality.
Americans crave energy-efficient technologies.
Builders plans development with net-zero homes.
Wealthy green donors now soul searching.
FSC/SFI: how green is your lumber?
Colbert: on coal destruction.

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By |June 4th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Tigressá SoftStyle Area Rug [Giveaway]

*Leave one comment per person through the end of Wednesday, June 8, 2011, to be considered for a random giveaway of one Tigressá area rug from Shaw Floors.

Last year Shaw Floors sent us a sample kit of their new Tigressá SoftStyle carpet, which is made with recyclable Nylon 6 and designed for durable, long-life performance.  In celebration of the one year anniversary of the launch, Shaw sent us an 8′ x 10′ area rug called A Touch Too Much, the number one selling style in Tigressá, and gave us an extra to give away today.

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By |June 4th, 2011|Categories: Giveaways, Materials|Tags: , , |52 Comments

Off-Grid NZE Mountain Cabin in Colorado

There’s some interesting history to this net-zero energy home in Lenado, Colorado.  Apparently, a “cranky,” gun-totting squatter named Jack Hogue, or “Lumber Jack,” built a cabin and bathhouse near the top of Woody Creek and took title by adverse possession in the 1990s, after 17 years.  Branden Cohen and Deva Shantay of True Nature Healing Arts bought the place from Lumber Jack and improved it, but at 8,650 feet in elevation, it turns out they needed, among other things, a bathroom *in* the home, not out.

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By |June 3rd, 2011|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments
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