Of all the beautiful homes in the most recent issue of Dwell, I must say this one made the greatest impression on me. In “Worth the Wait,” Amber Bravo writes about The Porter Cottage in Ragged Island, Maine. The self-sufficient home – roughly 480 square feet including a screen porch – is both off-pipe and off-grid and made with durable and green materials.
Blu Homes recently installed and completed this factory-built home for two professors in Long Island. It’s based on the Element line, which is basically the same model used to build this Rhode Island retreat that we mentioned previously. Maura McCarthy, co-founder of Blu Homes, told me in an email that steel frame construction helped the permitting process because the site is in a 120 mph wind zone near the ocean.
Manitoba-based Conquest Manufacturing recently installed this three-module retreat on a serene hillside site in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. The 1,050 square-foot cottage was built based on a design by Herbert Enns and features comprehesive mountain views and a view of the historic Frank Slide.
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.
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.