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Earl's Montesilo House on the River

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This smart home is not overtly green — there's no certification or anything like that, but the home has received recognition for it's unique design.  Located in Woodland, Utah, next to the Provo River, Earl's Montesilo House was built with a south orientation to capture solar heat gain during the winter.  During the summer, the second floor balcony acts as a sort of overhand to shade the interior.  The 1800 sf home comprises two, linked, corrugated silos, and features what Gigaplex Architects call "bed-in-a-box;" the box has stereo sound and a flat screen monitor.  I imagine it's peaceful living on the river like this …

[+] Tour Montesilo on Youtube.

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PLACE Houses Prefab Pacific Northwest

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We've mentioned tons of prefab homes, but PLACE Houses is a new one for us.  This green home is a prefab design by PLACE Houses, a company offering smart, affordable, and green prefab designs to owners in the Pacific Northwest (and soon, the rest of the country).  Of note, the 2,800 square foot home is a far cry from the 5,400 square foot design another architect proposed, reports Metropolitan Home.  And in the end, the northwest modern residence incorporated a number of sustainable features:

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Palm Springs LEED Platinum Contender

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Just the other day, a hillside home in Palm Springs was featured in The Desert Sun.  The contemporary abode was designed by Lance O'Donnell of o2 Architecture, and he's hoping to get LEED Platinum certification in the next few months.  Lance was kind enough to provide some photos of the inside and outside, but if you're in the area and want to see more, make sure to attend the open house this Saturday from 1-5 pm at 2299 N. Via Monte Vista, Palm Springs

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Method Homes Intros S-M-L Prefab Series

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About a year ago, we first brought you news of Method Homes and their plan to build a prefab cabin in Glacier, Washington.  And they built the inaugural Method Cabin in about three months.  Now, Method Homes, in collaboration with Balance Architects, is officially launching the Balance S-M-L Series of prefab designs with three main models: small, medium, and large.  Of note, these prefab models have been designed to arrive 95% complete within three months of purchase.  The models range in size from 540 to 856 square feet, and in price from $98,000 to $148,000. 

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Zero Electricity Modern Lake House

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Here's another fascinating home by ZeroEnergy Design (see previously covered Truro Residence).  It'scurrently under construction, with foundation, framing, and sheathing complete — the rest is on schedule for completion in Fall 2009.  The 2300 square foot home features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a combination yoga studio/art room for the owners.  The lakefront home features strategically placed windows that both provide a view of water and take advantage of passive solar heating and lighting.  Some of the other planned green features include:

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Santa Fe Sustainability with Solar

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Solarsmith, a green building firm out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently helped Betsy Armstrong and Richard Barr build an eco-friendly, traditional southwest-style home in the foothills of Santa Fe.  The residence's roof is filled with solar panels, which are tied into the grid, helping to heat water for the radiant floors, exercise pool and appliances.  Excess energy is fed to neighboring homes.

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