Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak

It’s taken about two years, but the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak is finally becoming a reality, as you can see from these images.  This home is in Massachusetts, and for those of you looking for prefab on the east coast, Flatpak is certainly an option.  I really like how the house is tucked into the enveloping landscape, almost camouflaged from the entry way.  See more at Amy Goodwin’s blog and photo album; via MoCo Loco. 

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By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Materials, Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments

Net Metering, Minimum Floor Areas, Kendall House, Green Banks + Natural Landscaping (WIR)

The Grid Impacts of Net Metering Big Steps in Building: Ban Minimum Floor Areas Kendall House in Miami is a model of efficiency and low environmental impact.  Who’s the greenest […]

By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, News, Vegetation, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

Solar Decathlon Teams Using Warmboard

Twenty teams have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, which takes place in Washington D.C. from October 12-20, 2007.  As part of the competition, teams are challenged to design, build, and operate the most attractive, energy-efficient solar-powered home.  Using only energy from the sun and with an eye towards modern design, teams meticulously choose the products and materials that go into their home.  Interestingly, at least five teams, including MIT, UT-Austin, U. of Maryland, U. of Cincinnati, and Lawrence Technological University, are using the Warmboard Radiant Subfloor system.  I’ve noticed the increasing use of Warmboard in several green projects, so I thought I would do a small post on the subject.

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By |September 13th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, News, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

Nodul(ar) House: Simple, Efficient, Variable

This weekend at Dwell on Design (this is a sneak peak), Jeriko House and Patrick Tighe are going to announce a watershed collaboration on a new kind of prefab, the Nodul(ar) House.  Readers of Jetson Green are familiar with Jeriko House, a Louisiana-based prefab company that we’ve written about here and here.  Architect Patrick Tighe is well known and highly accomplished, including two major achievements:  National AIA Young Architect (2006) and Rome Prize fellowship in architecture (2006-2007).

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with both Patrick Tighe and Shawn Burst, the CEO of Jeriko House, about the Nodul(ar) House.

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Nascent Home Tech Aims to Slash Energy Hogs

When I was growing up, if there was an errant light or something on, my dad would take my brothers and sisters into the room and say something like, […]

By |September 11th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials|Tags: |0 Comments

SG Blocks Rolling Out Safe, Green Building System

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of discussing the phenomenon of container housing with David Cross, Chief Business Development Officer for SG Blocks LLC.  SG Blocks, short for Safe and Green, is a sustainable building system made from containers.  Going beyond the trendy fascination with exposed container architecture design–modern, industrial, and extremely good looking, in my opinion, SG Blocks intends to use containers as a fundamental component to building construction.  A container home doesn’t necessarily have to look like a container home (that’s up to you), but it can have all the same advantages: comfortable, strong, green, and affordable.   

The home you see above is an example of container modules being used on a traditional home as a framing system.  From the outside or inside, you’re not going to know that it was built with container modules.  The cost of framing a home built with SG Blocks is about $22-30 psf, which is roughly comparable to other forms of construction.  BUT did you know that recycling containers into steel beams takes nearly 8,000 kW of energy at a cost of roughly $800?  Rather, it takes about 400 kW of energy to turn containers into a home.  At about 5% of the energy when compared to straight recycling, that’s not bad.  And right now, SG Blocks is in the process of rolling out their building system nationally.

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By |September 11th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, Container Design, Gadgets, Materials, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
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