E Cube Made with SIPs Housing System


It seems like a major component of green building these days is reducing energy demand and building ultra-low energy homes.  For instance, British Columbia-based Jenesys Buildings Corp. built this E Cube house with a superinsulated shell of SIPs in an effort to deliver a home that’s twice as energy efficient as a comparable home built to standard code requirements.


By |November 15th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|0 Comments

Million Dollar Eco Modern Home in Utah


Just outside of Salt Lake City in Emigration Canyon is this modern style home covered in a mixture of Swisspearl, CMU block, and bamboo.  The home, located at 5860 Pioneer Ridge Circle, is planted on a 4.82-acre lot and designed by Brian Junge.  It's also listed for sale right now for $1,150,000. 


By |November 15th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|0 Comments

m2 Green Prefab from Method Homes


It’s been a while since we last mentioned Method Homes, but the company has built a number of green prefabs recently that deserve some mention.  Last December, the company installed this modern modular home, referred to as m2, on a picturesque mountain site in Glacier, Washington.


By |November 11th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

Off-Grid Container Cabins from $15k


Recent Daniel Sokol sent me an email to share what he’s doing with steel shipping containers for a New Hampshire-based company called LEED Cabins.  He can convert a 20-foot unit into a small, comfortable home in as little as 25 days from $15,000.  Or he can build a bigger home with adjoining containers from about $40,000.


By |November 8th, 2010|Container Design, Single Family|20 Comments

Rethinking Waste in a Reclaimed Space


Austin-based Reclaimed Space built this modular prefab with roughly 80% reclaimed materials and presented it at Dwell on Design 2010.  With interior design by Zem Joaquin, founder of Ecofabulous, the 400-square-foot home has Electrolux appliances, a vertical living wall from Fyto Wall, CaesarStone countertops, Mythic zero-VOC paints, Solatube daylighting, LED lighting, and Caroma water-efficient bathroom fixtures.  If you didn't get a chance to see it, watch this five-part video series embedded below:

By |November 1st, 2010|Prefab, Single Family, video|0 Comments

Efficient Home Earns Elite Certification


Last April we mentioned a noteworthy project called the Passive House in the Woods.  It’s a Wisconsin home with carbon-neutral ambitions designed by Tim Delhey Eian of TE Studio.  It’s also the first Passive House in the state.  PHitW meets the requirements of the Passive House standard, i.e. ultra-tight envelope, high efficiency heating and cooling, and minimal energy demand.


By |October 15th, 2010|Passive House, Single Family|3 Comments