A New Rocio Romero Prefab in California

This is martial arts instructor and ex-photographer Steve Rapport’s LV home, a modern prefab designed by Rocio Romero, in Pacifica, California.  Steve has been documenting the construction and working budget on his site, The Minnie House — a reference to his late mom, Mina, sometimes called Minnie — and the finished home is looking fantastic.  Check out some interior and exterior photos below:

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By |August 16th, 2011|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |12 Comments

donQi Urban Windmill on the Side

This is the donQi urban wind turbine, which is assembled in Rotterdam.  It’s an interesting small wind product and the subject of a recent article in the September 2011 issue of Dwell.  In the article, Second to None, Jane Szita describes a Passive House near Amsterdam by architect Pieter Weijnen.  The home has some beautiful Japanese-style charred siding and a sleek-white, residential donQi.

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By |August 15th, 2011|Categories: Wind|Tags: , |5 Comments

Home Energy Hogs, Solar Window, Responsible Design, + Interior Apps

Good looking and responsible design.
Solar window is a green game changer.
Could you live in an 89-square foot house.
PlotWatt web apps spots home energy hogs.
Imparting energy smarts to youngsters.
Six steps to an energy-efficient house.
5 interior design […]

By |August 13th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Net-Zero i-House Open for Tours in Georgia

There’s some great homes across the country being finished with the first i-House design.  This one, for instance, was built on a lot in Green Bridge Farm, an eco-friendly development of 25 lots in Effingham County, Georgia.  Owner Charles Davis won’t have an electric bill with this net-zero energy home.  His butterfly roof has solar PV that generates electricity and powers a brand new Chevrolet Volt (pictured below).

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By |August 12th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments

Building Integrated Solar Hot Water by GLE

Michigan-based Great Lakes Electric has a solar hot water product with evacuated tubes that allows for creative building-integrated solar hot water.  By releasing the restriction of roof mounting, as with typical solar hot water products, GLE’s unit allows for more innovative placement and ends the worries of roof penetrations and units looking like large black rooftop tarps.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Celo Residence Connects with Nature

This is the Celo Residence, an award-winning guest house adjacent to an organic farm overlooking the South Toe River in Celo, North Carolina.  The home received an Honor Award from AIA Ashville and was featured in Fine Homebuilding and most recently in EcoHome Magazine with a Grand Award.  Celo Residence was Energy Star certified and received a 75 HERS with projected total energy costs of less than $30 a month.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments
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