Following on the success of a prototype prefab in Yucca Valley, Blue Sky Homes plans to break ground this month on another prefab in the same area. Like the prototype, the home will be built with a light-gauge steel framing system and STEPs (steel thermally efficient panels), which are pre-cut and attach to the exterior during assembly.
The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year. So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment. That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.
Folks in Cleveland aren’t going to watch the economy leave with Mr. James. They’re working on a future-forward demonstration built to what’s heralded as the world’s most rigorous energy standard for homes. The Passive House, referred to as SmartHome Cleveland, was designed by Chuck Miller of Doty & Miller Architects and will be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Blu Homes is on a tear lining up projects and relaunching iconic homes such as the Glidehouse. This month, the Massachusetts-based start-up is “Perfecting an Icon” in the form of unveiling the new and improved Breezehouse. In fact, just barely into the relaunch, Blu already sold two of these homes and is working on a few more in the pipeline, according to Maura McCarthy, co-founder and VP of sales and marketing.
Reclaimed Space, an Austin-based company that crafts custom prefabs out of reclaimed materials, recently installed this project in Bastrop, Texas. It’s a small home of 512 square feet that wears the character of salvaged materials well. The owners work full-time on a private yacht and ground here with their horses and Brangus cattle when not sailing the world, making this their “land yacht.”
Austin-based documentary filmmaker and instructional designer Jim Bruno was kind enough to tell me about his new short film entitled “Louis Burns & Austin Tiny House.” The subject is Louis Burns and his reflections building a tiny house. Burns built the minimalist, Spartan space in a plug-and-play style — all it needs is a heavy-duty extension cord and garden hose.