Dodging a Draft, Connecticut Prefab, Italian Job Housing, + Little Big Houses

Tiny houses, big ideas.
Italian Job leads to flat-pack housing.
Dodge the draft, cut home heating costs.
Study: energy codes improve energy efficiency.
In Connecticut, making a prefab home their own.
Tax plan to green old buildings finds favor.
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By |September 24th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Efficient Upcycled Duplex in Portland

Hammer & Hand, a design-build firm based in Portland, is getting well-deserved attention for transforming this circa 1905, dilapidated eyesore into an energy-efficient duplex that uses less than $100 per month in energy.  With the help of Scott Edwards Architecture, the team expanded tiny spaces and transformed the lower level to facilitate aging in place.

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By |September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Multifamily, Renovation|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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Solar Decathlon: Let The Games Begin!

Today, the Solar Decathlon officially opens to the public and the games begin.  The competition is organized by the Department of Energy, and 19 teams have invested more than two years of effort to design, build, and operate solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  The winner will be the one with the highest score after the following ten contests:
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By |September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Events, Solar|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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Solar PV Install Costs Continue to Drop

The value proposition of solar energy is driving great opportunities for homeowners looking to invest in sustainable power production.  In fact, the average installed cost of a solar PV system completed in 2010 fell by 17% from the prior year, and the cost has also dropped an additional 11% so far in 2011, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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By |September 22nd, 2011|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: |1 Comment

CalStar Unveils Recycled Thru-Wall Unit

Today CalStar Products unveiled a new Thru-Wall unit which combines the structural properties of standard concrete masonry unit with the look of a traditional brick wall. The units are half as tall as standard concrete blocks but still strong enough to do the job of a brick.  Plus, the Thru-Wall unit is made with 40% post-industrial recycled material, fly ash, and comes in several different colors.

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By |September 22nd, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |15 Comments

Porch House Prefab by Lake Flato

San Antonio-based Lake|Flato, an architectural firm with several AIA COTE Top 10 green projects, this week announced its latest endeavor in the world of prefab with the Porch House.  Porch House is an eco-friendly home that combines factory-built modules and custom outdoor elements, such as porches, breezeways, carports, and terraces.  The result is a contemporary, site-specific, LEED-certified home that can be delivered in about six- to nine-months after the inception of design.

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By |September 21st, 2011|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , , |5 Comments
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