My grandfather had an old Airstream that he sold to my dad for $2,000. It was in bad shape after some neighborhood kids smashed in the windows, so it was sold to someone else for a pittance. Now, I wish we still had the Airstream because after seeing what Jim Gooley did to his, I have a hankering to do the same. Gooley partnered with Livingreen to trick out the Airstream’s interior with all sorts of green products. The renovated trailer was on display at Altbuild last weekend in Santa Monica, and here’s what they used:
Readers liked Caleb Schafer's $70k Simple Modern Home, so I thought it'd be interesting to quickly mention his thesis project, which was all about green design and construction. The project was to design and build a modern, straw bale bunkhouse for his parents. Caleb and his dad built the structure with reclaimed barn beams (power washed and sealed), reclaimed Malaysian hardwood flooring, local straw, locally harvested lumbar, and materials from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It's a reclaimed straw bale bunkhouse!
Update: Caleb tells me they spent a total of ~$15k to build this.
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.
Update 5/18/09: This Blue Sky Homes prototype is complete!
Just the other day, we mentioned a beautiful green home designed by o2 architecture, but they’ve also been involved with another interesting company, Blue Sky Homes. Blue Sky Homes was created to be a next generation prefab company — they’ve developed a system to construct homes faster, stronger, greener, cheaper, and easier than standard industry practice. The Blue Sky Homes Building System involves fabricating the elements of the home in a factory and assembling those pieces on the job site. And they’re testing this system on a 1,000 square foot prototype home in Yucca Valley right now.
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.
Although the finishing touches are still being placed on East Portland Community Center natatorium, or aquatic center, the expansion project is on target for beyond LEED Gold and possibly LEED Platinum territory. Does this make it the world’s first LEED Platinum aquatic center? Hard to say, we’ll just have to see, but certainly, this facility is indicative of a future where all buildings – whether parking garages, civic centers, libraries, museums, hangars, or skyscrapers – need to have a lighter impact on the environment, especially when mandated by the relevant state or local authority, as was the case here. Here are a few green stats: