Early this month, Blu Homes announced the launch of their new product line dubbed Origin. As you can see below, Origin is built using Blu’s folding technology, which allows the company to ship homes nationally, and then unfold them to widths up to 17-20 feet. It’s an interesting take on factory-built construction. And Blu just delivered four Origins to the new late night talk show Lopez Tonight in Burbank, California.
The other day, Andrew Stone took me through this newly constructed abode located on an infill lot in Salt Lake City. The contemporary home, currently listed for $685,000, was designed by A.K. Smith Architects and comes with some slick green technology. The entire home is wired up with a Control4 Home Automation System — accessible on an iPhone — and connected to the fireplace, thermostat, and lighting.
Modcell, a company in the UK that makes prefabricated panels from staw and hemp, this year completed a two-story straw bale home on the campus of the University of Bath. The home, referred to as Balehaus@Bath, was designed by White Design. Over a year, the Balehaus will be monitored in thirty-second increments with 12 sensors inside and 66 sensor in the walls, measuring such things as thermal performance, acoustics, air tightness, and relative humidity.
About a year and a half ago, we mentioned a project designed by seed architecture studio called the SIPs House in Portland. Built by Kaya General Contractors, the home is now complete. Since it hasn’t sold yet due to market conditions, the developing partner is going to move in.
The all-electric home is one of the first homes in Portland to be built with SIPs and features a number of green features:
This is the Ross Street House in Madison, Wisconsin. It's located just a mile from the University of Wisconsin campus and the first LEED Platinum home in the entire state! I first noticed the home in an article on Cadalyst, where author Kenneth Wong discussed the use of ArchiCad software to model the home and neighboring properties for context. Owner Carol Richard, partner in the Atlanta firm of Richard Wittschiebe Hand, also used modeling to optimize the amount of natural light brought into the home.
Architect and interior designer Johnna Barrett, Barrett Design, Inc., recently launched a set of five modern green home designs ranging in size from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Offered for sale on Sustain House, the designs are contemporary and provide for energy savings of 20-30% above a home built to code. The plans also include a LEED checklist designed to facilitate the earning of a LEED Gold or Platinum level certification, assuming an optimal site selection. Check out these five homes in the Modern Forest Series … do you have a favorite design?