Blu Launches Spacious Balance Prefab

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Blu Homes, a green prefab startup out of Massachusetts, is on a tear with $7 million in new cash and a contemporary set of homes.  Today the company announced its latest design called Balance, which is a 1,632 square foot single-level home that prices from about $270,000.  Balance is factory-built, ships anywhere in the country on two trucks, and unfolds to a spacious 34' wide and 48' long with 16' ceilings. 

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Gardening with Community Solar Power

Often, when you think of solar power, you probably think about utility scale solar plants or solar power generated on a home or building.  But have you heard about community solar, or what may be referred to as a solar garden?  Like a community garden, solar gardens are popping up as an alternative to provide green energy to people and businesses who can’t (or won’t) generate solar power on site.

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Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

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Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.

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Luxury LEED Townhomes in California

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In the high-end home market, some buyers think buying a green property entails a lot of sacrifice and loss of amenities, but maybe this development in Santa Monica can change some of that.  Located minutes from Montana Avenue, 939 Townhomes includes eight luxury green town homes that range in size from 1,853 to 3,009 square feet and in price from about $1,385,000 to $2,229,000. 

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Rebuilding Shelters with Old Containers

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We've seen a lot of effort to provide emergency and long-term shelter for disaster areas.  For Haiti in particular, some groups, like Shipping Container Housing and Green Container International Aid, are trying to reuse shipping containers to get people out of the elements and into something that can withstand hurricane season in a couple short months.  The renderings shown here are from GCIA, who is seeking the donation of containers to construct container cities in the area. 

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Blu Completes Another Next Gen Prefab

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Notwithstanding the much talked about death of prefab, factory-built homes that are energy efficient and made with healthy materials keep finding buyers.  Blu Homes, a prefab startup that just received $7 million from private investors and is opening a new 80,000 square-foot facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, built this green home for Rainy Day and Eileen Cullinane in Rhode Island. 

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