This green prefab, sponsored by French architecture magazine Architectures à Vivre, was on display last weekend at the Batimat Show in Paris. I think it’s called La Maison de Demain, which I also think is French for House of Tomorrow. We’ll go with that as the name for now. Their website is in French, so if anything, you can glean certain design elements from studying the images. Some of the below information is from Google’s translation, so I hope it’s accurate.
The home is built with three prefabricated modules and meant to show that green design can be affordable and attractive. An important aspect of the house is the open area in the middle, which could be used as a covered patio to extend the footprint of the home into the natural environment. Everything about the home is green, too, as far as I can tell: FSC-certified wood and siding, green label paints, low-VOC recycled carpet tiles, LED lighting, low-flow toilet, reinforced insulation, and photovoltaic panels. You’ll also notice the living roof that provides numerous efficiency benefits (and seems to get water from the slanted roof). In the end, the compact, modern home is very efficient. Matter of fact, it’s nearly net zero energy consumption once the solar panels are live. Nice.