Martin Eberhard calls it "Solar Synergy" — his own phrase for the benefits derived from having an electric car and a home that's powered by solar photovoltaics. Eberhard was a founder of Tesla and he just received his shiny new Founders' Series Roadster. It's an incredible car, don't you think? Eberhard explains the synergistic benefits to having a 5.2 kW photovoltaic system (dead link removed) and all-electric Tesla Roadster (dead link removed).
Back in February 2008, Ideabox exhibited their Confluence Modern design at the Portland Home & Garden Show. The images above and below are of the Confluence Modern at this show, with Design Within Reach furnishings and Nick Williams / Sycamore Canyon landscaping. Confluence Modern, like the other Ideabox designs, is built to be just the right size. It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that maximizes all of its 840 square feet. And if you're not familiar with Ideabox (we mentioned them way back in August last year), they strive to build smart, efficient, and modern homes. Energy Star everything. Use less of everything and when used, using locally sourced, natural, and renewable materials.
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A while back when we heard about MoMA’s prefab exhibit, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, we were pretty psyched. I mean, if you can’t tell by our archives with over 135 articles, we’re pretty obsessed with green prefab as the future of home building. The MoMA exhibit will tell an interesting story of the history of prefabrication starting in 1833. I’m sure we’ve come a long way in over 175 years, but there’s also the possibility that we’ve forgotten a few lessons in the process. So I like the juxtaposition of the historical with the modern. The modern will include five contemporary prefab structures, all of which have been assembled on the museum’s 54th street lot. Starting this Sunday, July 20 through October 20, visitors will get the chance to tour the below designs in real life.
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