Here’s the story: A handful of entrepreneurs nurtured a graduate school business plan into an actual company called PFNC Global Communities. The acronym stands for “por fin, nuestra casa,” which is translated as “finally, a home of our own.” PFNC’s purpose is to convert shipping containers into affordable housing for those who most desperately need it around the globe.
Weatherford Place is a small community of eight town and country homes in Roswell, Georgia. It’s seeking LEED for Homes Platinum certification on all homes, as well as Platinum certification for the community under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program — a goal that could make it one of the first all Platinum communities in the county. But beyond certification, Weatherford Place homes will be 100% more energy efficient than typical houses and 50% more energy efficient than houses built to the 2006 Energy Code.
Country Living Magazine’s October issue highlights an eco-friendly, modular home constructed in just 60 days by New World Home. The home’s design is traditional and used a 19th century home as a model. The highly energy efficient home uses 50% less energy than the average home and their modular process allows them to use less wood in the building process.
I’m starting think that maybe, just maybe, the modern farmhouse could be a gateway to contemporary for many of you. What do you think, pretty clean design, right? The BrightBuilt Barn was designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects, factory built in components by Bensonwood (mentioned by Josh Stack in comments recently), and is being built by Gibson Design/Build as we speak. It was designed to be net-zero and super green — the home will participate in the Living Building Challenge and, in all likelihood, qualify for LEED Platinum certification. Geez! So what’s in store for this 700 sf studio home:
Shannon Quimby, as far as I can tell, is the first to successfully reuse 100% of an old dilapidated home in a new home construction project. The REX House, or Reuse Everything eXperiment, is located at 2030 SE Rex Street in Portland, Oregon and Shannon has been documenting the entire process since December 2007. What she’s doing is quite difficult, especially if/when you’re deconstructing a house that has toxic materials, lead, asbestos, and other damaged parts. But that’s the goal of the project: to share with everyone how to recycle and keep landfills from overflowing with useable construction materials.