First LEED Platinum Home in Fort Worth

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This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas.  Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.

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By |April 2nd, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments

Green Evolution Starts with Blu Homes

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Blu Homes just announced the launch of their Evolution series of green homes designed for single-family, townhome, and development communities.  It's the first home model from the company allowing two levels of living, high ceilings, an open layout, and roof deck space. 

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By |April 1st, 2010|Prefab|6 Comments

Downsizing with IKEA Modular Dwelling

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You've probably heard about IKEA's prefab homes offered overseas called BoKlok.  This isn't anything like that, but it has some interesting potential.  As discovered by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design, IKEA recently teamed up with ReadyMade to show these ReadyMade Signature Modular Dwellings at a few locations along the West Coast.  The dwelling has a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom — all tightly packaged in a tiny little space. 

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By |March 30th, 2010|Prefab|0 Comments

Traditional LEED Platinum in Georgia

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New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia.  Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features.  It’s the company’s Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.

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By |March 29th, 2010|LEED, Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

Nine Modern Homes in Taltree EcoVillage

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After nearly three years of planning, Taltree ecoVillage by YS Development is gaining a little steam.  Located in Redmond, Washington — not more than a bike ride from the company Bill Gates co-founded — Taltree includes a collection of nine modern, green homes built to the highest green building and energy efficiency standards. 

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By |March 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Stylish New Green Prefab from FabCab

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The accessory dwelling unit is in style these days, especially in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ve seen this with Backyard Boxes in the Seattle and laneway houses in Vancouver, and now FabCab would like to help this market out in Seattle, too.  FabCab – short for fabulous cabin –- is a new endeavor by Emory Baldwin to sell eco-friendly prefab and kit dwellings.

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By |March 25th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|11 Comments