I’ve been watching plug-and-play solar systems like the one offered by SpinRay Energy to see how viable and affordable these can get. It turns out GoGreenSolar.com just unveiled a similar system called the SunPlug Plug n’ Play Solar Kit. The kit includes one 235-watt polycrystalline panel, a 120 VAC/60 Hz grid-tie inverter, racking mount, WiFi module for monitoring, and a connector to plug directly into an AC outlet.
As you know, Sunset Magazine selected the Breezehouse by Blu Homes for the 2012 Idea House (last year it was a solar-powered container house). After we posted an initial article about the completed home, Blu sent us some more photos and a time-lapse video of the on-site build process. Watch the modules drop in place and walls fold down in button-up work. If you want to see the home in person, the modern prefab is open for tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm through September 9, 2012.
This is VOLKsHouse, and it’s a prototype for an affordable, net-zero energy family home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In terms of achievements, the home carries an Emerald rating from NAHB and is also the first certified Passive House on the New Mexico market. The project was developed by investor Bob Schneck, Certified Passive House Consultant Jonah Stanford and architect Vahid Mojarrab, all with MoSA Architects, as part of a Passive House Initiative which includes a linked home and office condo called the Balance House.
This vacation home was designed and built by Marmol Radziner Prefab for a 71-acre site in the red rocks of Moab, Utah. Pursuant to a listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, the home, which is located at 130 Hidden Valley, has three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors with a view of the acreage and surrounding BLM land. The 2,500-square-foot modern prefab (which is green to the extent that MRP used dual-pane windows/doors, an energy-efficient HVAC system and appliances, and eco-friendly materials) has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a pool, and a price of $2,995,000.
The Sunset Magazine Idea House that I mentioned a few months ago will open for public tours on August 3, 2012. Located in Healdsburg, California, the $2.65 million green prefab has 3,000 square feet and a 480-square-foot guest house with a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Healdsburg Patch. The Idea House was fabricated by Blu Homes, developed by Rosemary Wardell, and designed on the inside by Sharon Portnoy. Drop by and tell us what you think if you get the opportunity to visit the Idea House.
This is one of the NAHB Remodeling Projects of the Year 2012 by Rocking Horse Redevelopment out of Phoenix. Located in the Marlen Grove neighborhood at 5701 N 10th Street, the home has been certified to the Emerald level by the NAHB. Key achievements for this rehab include improvements to curb appeal and an overall reduction of energy and water consumption by more than 50%.