A Shady Trellis Wall That is Also Edible

Lindsey Hutchinson and husband Todd — both with design backgrounds and a passion for gardening — decided to build “green curtains” or exterior trellises covered in edible vines, according to the Statesman.  The 15-foot living walls will shade the home and rain barrels from the sun, but the Hutchinson’s also intend to harvest the vines for grapes, passionfruit, and Scarlet Runner Beans.  Thusly, these green curtains perform double duty in the form of food production and energy conservation.  What a great idea!

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v100 Mod Box Homes Unveiled in Phoenix

When I first saw what Vine Saccento was doing with v100 Mod Box, I was impressed.  And I’m still impressed as his prototype has been rolled out recently in the form of three prefab homes at the southern end of downtown Phoenix at 749 S. Second Street.  One is rented by Tom Kelly, CEO of Schaller Anderson, and designer Saccento is living in another.

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Cozine Creek Has a Cost-Efficient Cottage

This home in McMinnville is a 2011 Northwest Energy Star Home of the Year.  Showcasing an environmentally-considerate approach to the construction of a custom home, Cellar Ridge built the Cozine Creek Cottage for owner Pat Britton with the design by Matthew O. Daby of m.o.daby design. The cozy cottage has 1,287 square feet and was completed for $139 per square foot with a focus on energy efficiency.

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CLT Prefabrication, LEED Science Debate, Refining SITES, + Easy Energy Efficiency

Jet Prefab Offers an Affordable One Story

One thing you don’t want to do, if you’re interested in buying a prefab home, is pay some company to design something only to find out you can’t afford it in the first place. Or, as mentioned in a recent NY Times article about prefab kit homes, you definitely don’t want to get into the build without a clear vision of the total costs to complete the home. It’s mission critical that the prefab buying process be entirely transparent.

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Zola Unveils New Passivehaus Windows

Zola European Windows recently sent us a press release with information about their new array of windows and doors made in a CAD/CAM facility in Europe.  The company is owned by Florian Speier, a Swiss architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, and headquartered in Colorado to serve U.S. and Canadian customers.  The aim is to provide products that are durable, energy-efficient, airtight, beautiful, and affordable.

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