A Uniquely Intelligent Prefab Homb

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Almost two years ago, we mentioned the first prefab cabin built by Method Homes near Mt. Baker, Washington.  Now, after considerable time and research, the same company has teamed up with Skylab Architecture to create an additional and innovative line of prefab homes called Homb.  The name of the endeavor signals an interesting aspect of these new green prefab homes.

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Fuez Recycled Green Surface Option

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InFuez, Inc., the maker of Fuez solid slab surfaces, is being mentioned more and more these days (first noticed in the Portland SIPs House).  Fuez is made of low-carbon cement, curbside recycled glass, and a natural aggregate in a facility that’s 100% wind powered in Portland.  Fuez can contribute to up to 5 LEED credits and can be used as tiles, flooring, or countertops.  It’s a handsome product and pricing is competitive with, if not more affordable than, traditional stones and other recycled content products.

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Tiny House Arc Prototype for Hawaii

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The architect and company that brought us the Bike Arc modular bike park system is now behind the House Arc modular system.  House Arc was designed by Joseph Bellomo and the prototype shown in this article is being finished for a client in Hawaii.  The modular home is built with a lightweight frame of steel tubes and set on a few concrete blocks.  When finished, it's supposed to be strong enough to withstand tropical winds and weather. 

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January Green Coverage in Review

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It's crazy to think we're now cruising through the new year.  It's also sad to think about the tragedy that hit Haiti.  As the world continues to turn, we'll keep talking about the most important stories that somehow touch on green building.  We also want to thank our sponsor, Green Build Post, a green building forum that's documenting several industry trends, including the construction of a green, modular New World Home in The Hamptons, New York.  Here's a summary of last month's coverage, if you missed anything:

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Green Gizmos, Using Gray Water, Disclosing Climate Risks, + Eco Tools

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Strong Flat Pack Prefabs for Haiti?

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According to the Miami Herald, architect Andrés Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti.  The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units.  Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.

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