The accessory dwelling unit is in style these days, especially in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve seen this with Backyard Boxes in the Seattle and laneway houses in Vancouver, and now FabCab would like to help this market out in Seattle, too. FabCab – short for fabulous cabin –- is a new endeavor by Emory Baldwin to sell eco-friendly prefab and kit dwellings.
Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies. To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990. Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis. After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors.
PieceHomes, a prefab company started by LA architect Jonathan Davis, is using the current economic times to its advantage these days. The company designed a set of extraPieces, which homeowners can use to expand or remodel their existing home. It’s a great idea for those who want to do more with what they already have.
Whether you’re looking for an innovative material for wall paneling, interior signage, or some furniture piece, ECOR may just be the right choice. ECOR is made through a proprietary process with old newspapers, old cardboard, and various agricultural fibers, including processed bovine fibers, commercial fiber crops, and other residue fibers. You can see how this is done in the video below.
Recently FreeGreen launched a contest for designers to create an affordable, contemporary, green home. Seeking to redesign single-family living in less than 1,800 square feet, designers could opt to design a starter or empty nest home, or both. After receiving +400 entries, the field has been chopped to 12 finalists with public voting now open through April 5, 2010. The winner will receive $5,000 and other opportunities with FreeGreen. Check out the top 12 (click the text link above the photo for more info), and tell us your favorite in the comments