Super Efficient Breezeway House in Utah

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Update: Read our owner interview with more background on this project.

This beautiful home will be the first certified Passive House in Utah.  Passive House consultant Dave Brach, principal of Brach Design Architecture, anticipates receiving a certificate in the next week or so.  He designed the Breezeway House to consume only 10% of the energy of an existing single family home of the same size and location and 20% of the energy of a new home built to code.  What’s more, solar electric and hot water panels should produce about 75% of the home’s annual energy needs.

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New Container House Prototype for Haiti

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Of the temporary and permanent housing solutions envisioned for Haiti, there's everything but a shortage.  On this site alone, we've supported Shelter Box and mentioned efforts by House Arc and Andrés Duany.  Another effort that recently caught our attention is this Shipping Container Housing project to rapidly fabricate temporary relief housing out of 20 foot used containers.  

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Top 7 Green Trends for 2010 [EcoHome]

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At the beginning of every year, there's a tradition for the industry to talk about trends.  We've done it in the past, but this year we reviewed trends published by Jerry Yudelson and the Earth Advantage Institute.  Now, EcoHome Magazine has published it's own list of seven green trends that will impact homeowners and green building professionals.  Here they are:

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Green Home of the Future [Olympics]

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This is the Home of the Future, which is on display at the BC Hydro Power Smart Village in downtown Vancouver.  It's hard to tell, but the home is actually made with two shipping containers and wrapped in cedar and pine beetle wood cladding.  In addition, according to a press release, the showcase project is designed with local and recycled materials, as well as energy-efficient appliances and other conservation technologies. 

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The Prairie View Green Starter Home

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Modular home manufacturers are all getting into smaller and greener homes these days.  We've mentioned the i-House from Clayton Homes and the Osprey from Nationwide Homes, but another modular company, Excel Homes, also has a small green home called the The Prairie View.  The design is inspired by the Prairie House Style with its open interior plan and horizontal exterior lines.  Designed to be completed for under $100,000, this 945 square-foot home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and abundant open space for everything else. 

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