I really like the dark-blue/black look of solar PV, but I suppose there may be someone that needs a different color, whether for aesthetics, compliance, or branding, etc. Colored Solar is trying to grab a toehold in this market with red, emerald green, forest green, and polished marble panels. In terms of panel efficiency, NREL found there is little performance compromised for a 16%+ efficiency colored 225W panel, according to Colored Solar.
As you know, Sunset Magazine selected the Breezehouse by Blu Homes for the 2012 Idea House (last year it was a solar-powered container house). After we posted an initial article about the completed home, Blu sent us some more photos and a time-lapse video of the on-site build process. Watch the modules drop in place and walls fold down in button-up work. If you want to see the home in person, the modern prefab is open for tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm through September 9, 2012.
The Sunset Magazine Idea House that I mentioned a few months ago will open for public tours on August 3, 2012. Located in Healdsburg, California, the $2.65 million green prefab has 3,000 square feet and a 480-square-foot guest house with a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Healdsburg Patch. The Idea House was fabricated by Blu Homes, developed by Rosemary Wardell, and designed on the inside by Sharon Portnoy. Drop by and tell us what you think if you get the opportunity to visit the Idea House.
This is a rendering of a new form of sustainable development that will manifest itself in San Francisco in an infill project called SmartSpace SoMa. SmartSpace will have 23 micro-dwellings each with ~300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage along a wall, and nine-foot ceilings. The project, which will be built with off-site fabricated modules from ZETA Communities, will also aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.
This new home — Neptune Norte — is located in Encintas just a stone’s throw from the beach. The $6,995,000 beach pad has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and about 5,347 square feet, but with the green features, Neptune Norte is supposed to use about 54% less energy than a new home built to the code.
In the midst of an effort to reduce costs associated with standard pipe railing on a multifamily project, the founders of BŌK Modern happened upon innovation. Their epiphany came when they decided to use laser-cut flat metal formed using computer-automated machines (to reduce welding, grinding, and other unnecessary hand labor). Some of the panels were on display at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and Houseplans.com editor Dan Gregory said they were “striking.”