Prefab company Eco-Infill and architectural services firm Studio H:T designed this modular, green home to be the first LEED certified, factory-built home in Colorado. The 32nd Street home was built with two staggered modules with the top module jutting out the back to create a shaded patio. It’s quite the great looking home, and as you can tell with the rendering above, it’s all done (took about 7 months total from start to finish). A recent article about the home in Rocky Mountain News reports that the home cost about $325,000 to construct and $150,000 for the land, which equals about $176 psf. Not bad in Colorado.
The 2,700 sf home is currently in the process of seeking LEED certification. Maybe I’ll drive down and check it out sometime. Looks pretty close to the rendering below, too.
++First LEED Certified Factory-built, Modular Home in Colorado [PDF]
In England, a handful of efficient demonstration homes have been built on the grounds of the Building Research Establishment Ltd, including “The Lighthouse,” which is the first net zero carbon house in the UK. The house is also the first to attain level six in the Code for Sustainable Homes, which indicates that it is carbon neutral. The two-bedroom house is only 93.3 square meters (barely over 1000 sq. ft.) in a 2-1/2 story building. The building has solar panels and evacuated solar tubes on its roof, as well as making use of passive measures with ventilation chimneys. It also incorporates rainwater catchment as part of the building design.
Mod Green Pod offers a burst of modern fun to the eco-fabric market. The company also produces wonderful wallpaper patterns. Their fabrics are 100% organic fabric and the wallpaper is vinyl-free. The fabric is hand silk-screened, which is an incredibly tedious and artful process. You can view photos of the printing process at their site. They currently offer 8 pattern choices in about 30 colors. The signature prints are bold, colorful, and totally modern.
In the tradition of the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World annual summary, Greener World Media producers of GreenBiz.com (among other websites), last month released their first annual State of Green Business 2008 Report. Joel Makower and his team of editors examined multiple categories in the green business arena from alternative energy vehicles to toxic emissions to determine the true state of green progress. Although the report provides a mixed review, green building was identified as one of the more tangible signs of forward progress. This is especially important given the downturn in the construction economy.
According to the report, the “green [building] market, [expanding] for years, began soaring in 2007, as several marquee projects opened their doors and some big-time initiatives were born.”