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Low-Cost Prefabs Land in Santa Monica

Several years ago, the City of Santa Monica bought Mountain View Mobile Home Park in order to preserve it for affordable housing.  The city upgraded the infrastructure and recently sent out an RFP to replace 20 travel trailers and mobile homes with more energy-efficient, safe, contemporary, manufactured homes.  Santa Monica eventually awarded the contract to Golden West Homes in partnership with Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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Stylish Greenfab Home Unveiled in Seattle

Finished Exterior Gabion Walls

I recently mentioned the construction of Greenfab‘s model home in Seattle, and that home is now complete.  I think you’ll agree, it’s just as warm and handsome as the renderings.  The six-module abode — on target for LEED Platinum and Built Green 5-Star certification — has 1,790 square feet with three bedrooms, two and three-quarters bathrooms, a separate mother-in-law space, a planted rooftop deck, and an urban chicken coop.

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Five Star Modern Home at Sol Austin

Sol – solutions oriented living – is an impressive community of 40 modern homes three miles east of downtown Austin.  The homes are net-zero energy capable, all-electric, and built to a 4 or 5 Star rating under the Austin Energy Green Building Program.  This home earned a 5 Star rating and features an open, contemporary interior.

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Craftsman Style Platinum in Tallahassee

As of January 2011, this is believed to be the highest scoring LEED Platinum home in the state of Florida with 112 points.  Located at 4512 Grove Park in Tallahassee, the craftsman bungalow style home is owned by Mark and Linda Powell and features two-level living, SIPs construction, a large solar PV array, and EPA Indoor airPLUS certification.

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Traditional NZE Home in Connecticut

I’m told this is the first net-zero energy home in Connecticut. Yes, this LEED Platinum project in Killingworth produces more energy than it uses. It does that with a design to minimize energy consumption, solar panels, and a geothermal HVAC system – no energy for this home comes from fossil fuel-based sources. It has no boiler or furnace.

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Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

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