Strong Flat Pack Prefabs for Haiti?


According to the Miami Herald, architect Andrés Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti.  The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units.  Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.


By |January 29th, 2010|Affordable, News, Prefab|9 Comments

Eight x 17 Green Homes in Portland


Reworks, Inc., a development and design/build company in Portland, just sent us a tip on their newly completely project, Eight x 17.  The green development includes four homes in Sellwood (southeast Portland) currently priced low- to mid-$600,000.  Designed by Aaron Blake of Reworks and developed with Penkin Development, LLC, these contemporary homes meet the Oregon High Performance Home standard and are Earth Advantage certified.


By |January 26th, 2010|Townhouse|6 Comments

Tiny Alternative Dwelling in Portland


This home, The Don Vardo, was built by a tiny house construction company in Oregon called Portland Alternative Dwellings.  PAD is selling The Don Vardo for $22,000, which includes a desk, kitchen nook, pull-out double bed, and radiant heat floors.  Built on a 7×10-foot trailer, the portable home is fully insulated, road tested, and comes with reclaimed Douglas fir doors, rain screen cedar siding, a PaperStone desk, an LED rope-light, salvaged cabinets and a sink, and efficient double-hung windows.  There is no toilet or shower, though. 


By |January 25th, 2010|Single Family|1 Comment

Literally Green and Net-Zero Energy


Putney School, a prep boarding school for grades 9-12, needed a field house and retained Maclay Architects to design a green one.  Literally.  The ~$5 million green building is one of only a few net-zero energy buildings of its kind.  It's also a contender for LEED Platinum certification and boasts a number of impressive green elements.   


By |January 21st, 2010|Educational, Energy Efficiency, LEED|1 Comment

Off-Grid Prefab zeroHouse Now Ready!


Two years ago, the zeroHouse hit the internet like a tornado.  Now, Specht Harpman, the firm that designed the off-grid, modular, tiny house, is looking for a "visionary" to finance the construction of the prototype at something in the range of $300,000 to $350,000.  The good news comes from the American-Statesman, which recently reported that the design is "shovel-ready." 


By |January 20th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|10 Comments

1850s Rowhouse Now Carbon Neutral!

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In the heart of Capitol Hill — just a few blocks from the nation's capitol — is this newly renovated gem.  GreenSpur, a design and build firm, found the dilapidated eyesore and decided to overhaul it into a carbon neutral showcase. The aim was to show that an energy-efficient home powered with cutting edge green systems and green power can be a net neutral producer of carbon. 


By |January 19th, 2010|LEED, Townhouse|4 Comments