Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

The other day I previewed faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage on display at the Montreal Cottage & Country Home Show.  Designed and built by Faberca, faberhaus gives folks a self-sufficient living space in the country.  In other words, no electrical grid connection is necessary with solar power for the LED lights and propane power for the fridge, hydronic radiant heat, and everything else.

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By |February 16th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

Blue Crest Prefab Set in Austin [Video]

Austin-based Ma Modular, an offshoot of design-build firm KRDB, is on a mission to make affordable modern homes. Ma has a few modular projects that we’d like to mention in the near future, including this one under construction right now, the Blue Crest House.

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By |February 15th, 2011|Categories: Prefab, video|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Decking with 95% Recycled Content

It may only be mid-February, but I imagine some of you are already planning Spring projects.  If any of those involve decking perhaps Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies has a recycled content material worth using: MoistureShield.  The company just announced that certain lines of MoistureShield contain 95% total recycled content, as verified by ICC-ES.

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By |February 15th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

Self-Sufficient Tiny Home in Montreal

Update: Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

Faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage, was on display this past weekend at the Cottage & Country Home Show in Montreal.  The Pavillon was designed and built by Faberca as a compact, self-sufficient space for folks interested in country living — those who want to “live in the great outdoors.”  Owners wouldn’t need an electrical connection with this retreat home because it’s powered by solar panels and propane.

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By |February 14th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

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By |February 13th, 2011|Categories: Modern design, Single Family|Tags: , |8 Comments

Eco Excess, Solar Attitudes, Efficiency Ventures, + Declining Standards

Be wary of roof-mounted small wind.
10 materials that could help save the earth.
Nearly 80% of consumers view solar favorably.
Duany predicts decline of green building standards.
Square footage still trumps eco-friendliness.
Insulation does not stop air infiltration.
Energy efficiency […]

By |February 12th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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