Of the temporary and permanent housing solutions envisioned for Haiti, there's everything but a shortage. On this site alone, we've supported Shelter Box and mentioned efforts by House Arc and Andrés Duany. Another effort that recently caught our attention is this Shipping Container Housing project to rapidly fabricate temporary relief housing out of 20 foot used containers.
Modular home manufacturers are all getting into smaller and greener homes these days. We've mentioned the i-House from Clayton Homes and the Osprey from Nationwide Homes, but another modular company, Excel Homes, also has a small green home called the The Prairie View. The design is inspired by the Prairie House Style with its open interior plan and horizontal exterior lines. Designed to be completed for under $100,000, this 945 square-foot home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and abundant open space for everything else.
Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California. We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.
By looking at it, you wouldn't know that this home was built in 1709. Or that it was on the "most endangered" list of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. But this newly restored home is a model and showcase of what can be done when sustainability intersects with preservation (or, to be more precise, restoration). Located on nearly an acre lot in Connecticut, the Stone/Shelley House was completed recently by Gulick and Spradlin.
The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) will be a candidate to be regarded as one of the greenest buildings in North America once it is completed. The building, which is presently under construction in Vancouver, is not only a superb example of sustainability in building design, but its purpose is to foster and accelerate sustainability and to bring together researchers, businesses, and nonprofits to work collaboratively on issues of sustainability.
Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas. On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.