Prefab Eco-Friendly Tiny Studio in Austin

As a follow up to our recent article about prefabs and tiny houses by ClearSpace Homes, I want to share this 182-square foot studio already built by the company. It’s a showroom for ClearSpace Homes, outfitted with a concealed fastener steel siding, Hardie lap siding, zero-VOC paints, strand woven bamboo floors, soy-based spray foam insulation, white modified rubber roofing, LED lighting, CFL lights, and reclaimed wood detail. The studio, which costs about $28,500, includes a built in desk, microwave, fridge, and storage.

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LEED Platinum Neptune Norte in Encinitas

This new home — Neptune Norte — is located in Encintas just a stone’s throw from the beach.  The $6,995,000 beach pad has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and about 5,347 square feet, but with the green features, Neptune Norte is supposed to use about 54% less energy than a new home built to the code.

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ClearSpace Keeps Prefab Simple in Austin

Austin-based ClearSpace Homes has been around for several years, but recently I noticed the founder, Hayden Lindley, was working on some new designs.  One of those is the 504-square-foot efficiency unit, pictured, which is finished on the outside with lap siding and cement board.  Lindley is noodling this prefab design and others and wants to produce some new in-house plans with an accurate ballpark cost attached.

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Bright Cargo Container Casa in Chile

This bright orange home was made with two 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers in Santiago, Chile.  Due to our publication of various shipping container homes, the architect, Rubén Rivera Peede, shared Liray House with Jetson Green recently, and you’ll find more vibrant photos and a floor plan below.

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Most Efficient Heat Pump by WaterFurnace

WaterFurnace International, Inc., a manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, just launched what the company is calling the “world’s most energy-efficient heat pump,” according to a press release. The 7 Series 700A11, pictured, is the first variable capacity unit available for homeowners and boasts a 41 energy efficiency ratio and 5.3 coefficient of performance. The 7 Series exceeds Energy Star requirements and qualifies for a 30% federal tax credit, said WaterFurnace. The heating and cooling system also comes with a laundry list of other design features: integration with automation and energy monitoring systems, online remote monitoring and control, quiet performance with a lower compressor speed, advanced hot water generation, and a port for service and diagnostics that doesn’t require opening the unit.  700A11 uses a soft-start variable capacity compressor, variable speed ECM blower, and variable speed loop pump to scale output as needed.

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