Unity College Gets Passive Haus Building

The hottest building standard on the block, Passive House, moves to the realm of student housing in a new residence hall at Unity College called TerraHaus. TerraHaus is expected to be the first student residence in the country with Passive House certification and will house 10 students.

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By |September 7th, 2011|Educational, Passive House|5 Comments

New Norris House Seeks LEED Platinum

The University of Tennessee recently opened the New Norris House, a 21st-century home that revisits the old Norris community project.  As background, during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a model community as part of a water works project in Tennessee.  According to the New Norris House site, the old Norris homes were innovative and included electricity and heating systems for the first time in the region.

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By |September 7th, 2011|Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

Live-Work Cargo Containers on an Island

Speaking of the pros and cons of cargo container construction, web-based design magazine designboom has been working on a DIY-style, live-work container structure on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy.  The “container summer residence” is made with three containers — two live-work units and one bathroom unit with a toilet and shower.  Designboom set these directly on the pavement, removed the rust, contracted out the plumbing and electrical, and insulated each ISBU with SuperTherm ceramic paint.

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By |September 6th, 2011|Container Design|7 Comments

Eco Airstream On The Green Road

Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty decided to renovate a 2003 Airstream Safari with eco-friendly materials and convert their used diesel truck to a veggie oil machine to get “On the Green Road” in style.  They enlisted sponsors and finished the conversion and renovation.  They also embarked on a mission to get rid of everything that they don’t need or use, and will show people how they’re living off the grid.

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By |September 2nd, 2011|Renovation|23 Comments

Montana Prefab Reacts to the Elements

If prefab connotes the idea that a home is standardized, perhaps this home sheds some of that.  It wasn’t fabricated to benefit from scale so much as to conserve resources by building it in the vicinity of people and services.  Ruby Springs Prefab was built in Bozeman — roughly 300 feet from both the interior designer Shack Up Studio and architect/builder Medicine Hat Inc. — and installed in a remote location in Ruby Springs, Montana.

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By |September 1st, 2011|Prefab, Single Family|3 Comments

LV Series Prefab Home on Whidbey Island

This Rocio Romero LV Series home was built in 2007 on Whidbey Island in Washington.  The owners have the 11-acre patch of land and home listed for sale for $429,000, which includes 1,190 square feet, 2 bedrooms, and 1.75 bathrooms.  The listing says the home has stainless appliances, CaesarStone countertops, bamboo floors, radiant heat, and everything else that comes with an LV model home.  Check out this modern prefab:

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By |September 1st, 2011|Prefab, Single Family|1 Comment