Home of 2015: Small, Green, and Casual

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently published the results of new research into what Americans are looking for in their next home.  The electronic survey — The New Home in 2015 — went to 3,019 builders, designers, architects, and marketing specialists, and 238 of the total pool responded.  From the responses, the NAHB determined that new homes will be smaller, greener, and more casual.

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By |March 9th, 2011|Categories: News|9 Comments

Warm Modern Montrose House in Virginia

Latitude 38, a design-build firm out of Charlottesville, started this home on spec until the current owners, Mark Hampton and Jay Alexander, fell in love, according to local magazine Abode.  Montrose House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 1,837-square feet, and an open layout on two levels.  Hampton and Alexander walked through the place while under construction and immediately connected with the layout.

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By |March 8th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments

LSG Seeks Top Prize with New LED Bulb

Today Lighting Science Group unveiled a new 60-watt replacement LED bulb that “meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize,” according to CTO Fred Maxik.  If you’re not familiar with the competition, in order to win, the lamp must run better than 90 watts per lumen, produce more than 900 lumens, use less than 10 watts, last more than 25,000 hours, have more than a 90 color rendering index, and have a color between 2700-3000 K.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Low-Cost Prefabs Land in Santa Monica

Several years ago, the City of Santa Monica bought Mountain View Mobile Home Park in order to preserve it for affordable housing.  The city upgraded the infrastructure and recently sent out an RFP to replace 20 travel trailers and mobile homes with more energy-efficient, safe, contemporary, manufactured homes.  Santa Monica eventually awarded the contract to Golden West Homes in partnership with Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Categories: Affordable, Prefab|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Passive Benefits, Slashing Energy, Plumbing Revenge, + New Energy Star

Revenge of the low-flow toilet.
How to slash building energy use.
Passive House method has many benefits.
It makes sense to invest in new technology.
Couple builds prefab home of the future.
Energy Star v3 to get more stringent.
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By |March 5th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

New miniHome Gets a Fresh Modern Look

You’ve probably already seen miniHome – a small, mobile, eco-friendly prefab built with clean lines and modern elements – which has been featured all over the news and television.  Sustain Design Studio, a Toronto firm behind the home, just launched a redesigned miniHome to be built in the company’s newly established factory in Bracebridge, Ontario.  The new miniHome is lighter, better, and more affordable.

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By |March 4th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , |5 Comments
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