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Prefab From the 1940s Gets a Sustainable and Modern Makeover

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Shortly after World War 2 the French architect Jean ProuvĂ© designed the so-called demountable house, which was to be used as temporary housing for all those who lost their homes during the war. Eight hundred of these houses were ordered at the time, and they were so easy to assemble that it took just one day to build the house and make it inhabitable. The original homes did not have a kitchen or bathroom though. Read more »

First of IKEA Better Shelters for Refugees to Start Shipping Soon

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A while ago we reported that IKEA was collaborating with the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) to create an easy to construct and affordable refugee shelter. The result was the so-called Better Shelter unit and IKEA is now getting ready to start producing the first 10,000 units to those in need. IKEA is in a unique position to produce these shelters en masse, which is what makes this project so promising.

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Green and Sustainable Prefab Home

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The so-called Schoolmasters is a sustainable prefab home, which was recently built near Aberdeen, Scotland. It was constructed following the strict Passivhaus guidelines, though they did not seek the actual certification, because they wanted more freedom in designing it. Most of its energy needs are met by harvesting renewable energy sources.

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Small Passive House Can be Built in Just 10 Days

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Castlemaine Passivhaus, designed by the Australian architecture firm Carbonlite, was recently awarded the stringent Passive House certification, though the home is far from your typical building to meet this standard. At just 419 square feet, and a build time of only ten days, it certainly has the capability to bring passive construction closer to the general public. Read more »

Another Promising Pop-Up Apartment Solution

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The recently introduced Cubitat is another instant apartment solution. It was designed by the Canadian architectural firm Urban Capital and Italian designer Luca Nichetto. The Cubitat cube measures 10 x 10 x 10 feet (3 x 3 x 3 m) and features a kitchen, bedroom, lounging and entertainment area, bathroom, laundry and storage space.

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Prefab Home Suitable for Hurricane Prone Areas

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The prefab homebuilder Cubicco of Florida just released a new version of their flatpack homes, which the company claims are sturdy enough to withstand hurricane winds of up to 180 mph. Prefab flatpack homes are great since they can easily be transported to anywhere on the back of a truck, while the Cubicco homes go one step further in that they can be fitted with a number of sustainable technologies so the owner can potentially take them off-the-grid.

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