A few weeks ago, we told you Nationwide Homes was preparing a 523-square-foot home called The Osprey for IBS 2010.  Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson was on the scene and snapped a few photos amidst the hordes of industry professionals.  Like Clayton Homes' i-House, the Osprey is a small, green modular home designed for flexibility.  It can be used as a small home, home office, retreat, casita, or in-law apartment. 


The Osprey is one model of five ECO Cottages unveiled by Nationwide at IBS 2010.  All of them are supposed to be "eco-nomical, eco-friendly, and eco-logical."  The Osprey itself includes some of the following green elements:

  • Energy Star, low-e windows;
  • Energy Star appliances;
  • R21 walls, R19 floors, and R50 ceilings;
  • 15.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF ductless HVAC;
  • On-demand tankless water heater;
  • Zero-VOC paints and an air filtration/cleaning system;
  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads; and
  • Ready for solar thermal and solar PV. 

The ECO Cottages will be built in Martinsville, Virginia, and one- and two-bedroom homes are priced between $50,000 and $100,000. 

The Osprey includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, galley kitchen, and integrated decks.  It can easily go off-the-grid, as well, if that’s what the homeowner wants or needs.  The standing seam metal roof has room for thin-film solar to generate some or all of the home’s energy needs.

[+] Learn more about these ECO Cottages.

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Photo credits: Nationwide Homes (top; bottom 3); Timothy Dahl (rest).