GreenTeamTV is on the scene in Bend, Oregon with Cary Martinez, co-founder of Abacus GC, taking a tour through one of the homes in Newport District Modern House Project. We wrote about Abacus GC’s five-house project previously, which is pursuing LEED certification. The video shows the developer’s perspective of trying to build something to suit a lifestyle: lighter footprint, less reliance on automobiles, and healthy, green living. You’ll also see some cool products, such as PaperStone counters, Eco-Terr tiles, wheatboard cabinets, Design Within Reach lights, and Jenn Air Professional Series appliances.
Your version of the proverbial American Dream may not include a house, dog, and white picket fence, but I’m sure it’s something like that. But what happens to your American Dream when future development policies encourage greater density and vertical construction? Don’t get me wrong. Greater density is a good thing and it alleviates the harmful effects of sprawl. But, at the same time, our vision of the American Dream becomes more and more obsolete. Unless … you see greater density and vertical living as something similar to the above. Designed by Reinier de Jong, MoCo Loco reports on the concept: "Tuin project is a proposal that places a typical two storey dwelling with a garden within a highrise framework in order to keep those who flee towards suburbia in search of space firmly in the city." Why not, right?
I put ‘green’ in parenthesis because the future is green, whether you, I, or anyone else likes it. That’s where this whole thing is heading. And several countries rely heavily on prefabrication for construction of homes and buildings. So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what’s to come in the future? The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small. It can go anywhere and be used as anything. But is this the future of (green) prefab?
PowerHouse Enterprises is persistently chasing that sweet trifecta of style, economics, and sustainability. This house here, built in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is en route to get LEED Platinum certification. Says Quincy Vale, founder and President of PowerHouse: "Overall, green is good, but the things that work are health and money. Unless homeowners save money from their investment, I'm not sure it's going to sell." I think he's hitting it right on the head with that statement.
The Tulane School of Architecture Green Build program set about to research, develop, and construct an inventive and experimental prototypical house. A green house. Made in a factory. Specifically for post-Katrina New Orleans. Students first researched everything from construction processes to materials selection parameters. Above all, access to materials, affordability, and sustainability ruled the day. In the end, Tulane Green Build came up with a design for a 1,200 sf home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
We featured GreenMobile® last year when we blogged about the Lifecycle Building Challenge winners. GreenMobile® was a winner in the Professional Unbuilt category. Now, mounting success upon success, Michael Berk, creator of the concept, has a prototype in the works to be unveiled in March 2008. Can’t wait to see that! GreenMobile® was awarded $5.8 M from FEMA to further develop the prototype and roughly 80 units are in the pipeline right after that prototype comes through.