The Ultimate Prefab Magazine 2009

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During Christmas, I was in the airport waiting for my flight and decided to pop into a store to grab some reading material.  Much to my surprise, this was December you know, the February issue of Dwell was already up and it popped right out at me.  On the stands right now is “The Prefab Issue: Real Homes for Real People,” and it’s definitely worth reading.  In addition to an essay from founding editor-in-chief Karrie Jacobs, here are a few prefabs you can expect to read about in this issue:

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Stunning LEED Galleries at Turney

Modern Green Galleries at Turney

The Galleries at Turney, although completed back in mid-2007, have been getting some good press over the last year for good reason.  First, they're ultra modern, super slick, and hard to miss.  Second, the eight homes were the first to receive LEED-H certification in the entire state of Arizona.  Third, all eight detached units, as of about December 2008, have sold out.  They're gone, which means smartly designed, modern, somewhat luxurious homes can sell, even in a tough real estate market. 

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The Greening of Southie [Giveaway]

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We have four DVDs of this movie to randomly giveaway to commenters below, so if you'd like to win one, make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, January 16, 2009.*

Finally!  A full-length feature for all us green building junkies!  The Greening of Southie is an award-winning film that documents the journey of a green condo building from the idea of a legacy Boston developer all the way to the jungles of Bolivia, from the steel mills of New England to LEED Gold certification.  The Macallen Building Condominiums, a sexy piece of contemporary architecture on the border of Boston and South Boston, was completed in 2007 by a committed team of builders.  They submitted their process to scrutiny via the cameras of budding filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis of Wicked Delicate Films. 

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Turn-Key Solar Village Home Designs

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More and more, we're seeing designs that focus on energy efficiency and near zero energy operations.  One company that has such designs is Solar Village, and they're offering Turn-Key Solar Village Homes — something that I find to be very interesting.  The homes feature passive solar design, foil faced rigid foam and Icynene insulation, fiberglass windows with low-E glass, healthy indoor air, a solar hot water system, a 2.5 kW solar pv system with online monitoring, and super efficient HVAC system.  As a result, the homes are close to zero energy, if not net-zero energy, and they can be built in less than three months! 

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Yearly Trends, Cutting Energy Use, Global Green Race, + Construction Waste

Week in Review

Blogs worth reading: MNN + Cool Green Science

Rancho Verde Takes Platinum for Innovative Brownfield Redevelopment

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One of Chicago’s biggest names in landscaping now lays claim to one of the greenest locations in the city.  Christy Webber Landscapes, along with the City of Chicago and GreenWorks, came together to develop an area in a struggling neighborhood.  After decades of abuse as an auto impound, landfill, and iron-works, the polluted site had been declared a brownfield.  Subsequently, in 2003 the City of Chicago proposed an initiative to reclaim the site, and a short three years later, the 12.5 acre piece of land was clean and fully operational.  Called "Rancho Verde," in honor of the mostly Hispanic workforce that makes up the landscaping industry, the former brownfield is now the headquarters for Christy Webber Landscapes.  Rancho Verde features a one-story office building, warehouse, and a shop-yard big enough to hold dozens of trucks that keep Chicago looking healthy all year round. 

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