First Unity Prefab Assembled in Three Days

A couple months ago I mentioned the launch of Unity Homes, a new brand of prefab homes by Bensonwood, and this is the first Unity home.  It’s located in Brattleboro, Vermont and the on-site assembly took just three days — with a weather-tight shell in two days.  The Xyla plan has factory-built wall and roof panels that are wrapped and shipped vertically.  The walls are guided in place with a crane and anchored, and then the roof panels are set.  After that the crew works on taping seams, installing trim, and finishing the siding.  It’s quite the process!

[+] More about the first Unity Home in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Credits: Unity Homes.

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Unity is an Ultra-Efficient Factory-Built Home

Today New Hampshire-based Bensonwood, an innovator in home building, announced the launch of a new brand of prefab homes called Unity Homes. With Unity Homes, the company expects to raise the bar for home construction without raising the price tag, too. There will be four diverse home collections — renderings of which are shown in this article — each with several configurations and two-four bedroom options, and all of the homes will use at least 50% (and up to 75%) less energy than a typical home on the market.

The mission of Unity Homes is to offer the highest quality homes for the lowest possible cost. This will be done to a certain extent through the pre-engineered collections of home designs.

These prefab homes are built in a factory as assemblies and sub-assemblies — typically a panel — using advanced software systems, automated cutting machines, and a streamlined manufacturing process, according to a company statement. All of the fabricated elements are then stacked and packed, again using software to optimize the use of space, and assembled on-site in about one to three days.

The total amount of time required to assemble and button-up a home is roughly 20-60 working days, according to Bensonwood.

In order to deliver ultra-efficiency as a standard feature, each Unity house will have high levels of insulation with R-35 walls (the OBPlusWall) and an R-44 roof, triple-pane windows, an all-electric hot water heater, an air-source heat pump, an energy recovery ventilator, and rigorous envelope assembly to ensure a Passive House level of airtightness to 0.6 ACH @ 50 Pascals or better.

With an added investment in some form of renewable energy, such as solar PV, most of these energy-efficient homes should achieve zero net energy consumption.

In addition, they will be Open-Built, to use a term that’s unique to Bensonwood. In short, various mechanical systems are separated from the structure in order to make future repairs, upgrades, and additions easier.

Unity truly has a broad array of home designs to start with, including the American bungalow (Xyla; size 1,113 – 1,591 SF; from $199,750), classic tall Cape (Tradd; 2,056 – 2,452 SF; from $339,500), Swedish-inspired two-story (Värm; 1,782 – 2,896 SF; from $298,250), and a modern green cabin (Zūm; 1,594 – 2,133 SF; from $298,500). Pricing is generally between $200,000 – $450,0000, excluding land, permits, taxes, site improvements and excavations, and transportation greater than 50 miles.

[+] Visit the new Unity Homes website from Bensonwood.

Credits: Bensonwood.

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Built in Germany, Assembled in Eight Days

Here’s a time-lapse video of one of the first Huf Haus prefabs in the country. Offered through Cleveland-based DotGreen, these homes are precision built in Germany and shipped in containers to the project site. Then, with the help of the local architect, in this case Sage Designs NW, the general contractor, Schmoes Construction, and the structural engineer, Visser Engineering, the timber-frame prefab is assembled.

This luxe prefab was assembled in about eight days in Issaquah, Washington. It’s on track for Built Green Five Star certification, and we’ll try to showcase more of the home soon.

[+] More photos of the assembly of this Huf Haus in Washington.

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Eco-Friendly Canvas Prints by UPrinting

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Let’s say you have a new home with naked surfaces in desperate need of some wall art.  You can drop coin on expensive art or splatter some color on a canvas — Jackson Pollock style — or you can turn your best photography or custom digital art into a canvas print with the help of UPrinting.  UPrinting offers canvas printing in two formats, rolled canvas and stretched canvas.

With UPrinting, you can design your canvas print online and have it made in as quick as two business days for rolled canvas or three business days for stretched canvas.

Rolled canvas ships in a tube and can be made in myriad standard and custom sizes.  Stretched canvas mounts on a 1.5″ wood frame in standard sizes from 11″ x 14″ through 24″ x 36″.

UPrinting creates these canvas prints using vegetable or soy-based inks with lower VOCs than traditional petroleum-based inks.  Also, if you wander from the canvas prints section, UPrinting uses only recycled paper, which is made from 55% post-consumer recycled content and a sustainably harvested component for the rest.

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Studio Shed Unveils New Eco-Friendly Sheds

Since its launch, Boulder-based Studio Shed has shown impressive growth.  The company recently announced the launch of Studio Shed Lifestyle, Small Kits, and Garage+ — which means Studio Shed offers anything from a compact storage structure to a fully-finished 600+ square-foot studio.  And with a solar-powered factory, the company is in a great position to help homeowners create eco-friendly space when and to the extent needed.

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RAC Warns Drivers To Be Prepared And Take Extra Care When Traveling Over The Next Few Days

(PRWEB) December 14, 2011

Severe weather warnings have once again been forecast for the UK over the next few days. Gusts up to 70mph are expected and there is a possibility of 80mph gusts over exposed coasts and hills across much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland on Thursday and Friday.

RAC is advising drivers to take extra care when driving in such conditions. In such severe weather motorists should always remember to drive within their capabilities and those of their vehicle.

Motorcyclists especially should also be aware of the effects of strong winds as they only have two wheels on the road!

Kevin Andrews, RAC patrol ambassador of the year, says: ?I would advise drivers to check their proposed route before setting off to make the journey as trouble-free as possible ? visit to get up-to-date traffic and travel news. Alternatively drivers can download RAC?s Traffic app which utilises up-to-the-minute traffic updates.?

The app, which has received over one million downloads, is free and is available for both iPhone and Android phones. Drivers can download the app at the iTunes App Store and Android Market.

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Indulge With Travel During The Final Lazy, Hazy Days Of Summer

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With summer flying by at a record pace, be sure and make the most of it with unbelievable discounts on summer vacation packages just announced by Virgin Vacations.

It’s never too late to plan a summer vacation, and with packages now discounted, it is the perfect time to take that European trip you have always dreamed of.

“Europe is a fascinating travel destination offering something for everyone. From the art historian, thrill seeker or someone who just needs a summer break, we have an amazing array of Europe travel deals to choose from,” Jeanne De Smedt, President of Virgin Vacations comments. “For those that waited, they can now be rewarded with savings up to $ 80 off per person on many great vacation packages,” she concludes.

Virgin’s Value Plus deals are a great option for those trying to make the most of their travel dollar and would like all the details taken care of. These vacation packages to destinations like Brussels, Paris, London and Scotland give you everything you need with air, hotel and extras included.

“My husband and I were afraid we wouldn’t be able to travel this late into the summer. We were pleasantly surprised to find an incredible travel deal on Virgin’s London and Amsterdam Fling – two cities we’ve been dying to visit!” Jan Young, 42 of Miami, Florida commented. She continued, “We were even more thrilled to receive an additional $ 80 off per person with Virgin Vacations’ fantastic summer sale.”

Many are looking to European travel to experience the rich culture, history and fascinating locales. Travel during the late summer and early fall is ideal. Experience it all when you take advantage of great savings available for a limited time with Virgin’s sensational summer sale.

Virgin’s Summer Sale Exclusive, offers discounts of $ 50 per person from JFK or Newark airports and $ 80 per person from Miami on Best Virgin Bargains or Value Plus Virgin European vacation packages. Check out the all the details online and book by August 25th to cash in on the savings. With travel deals this great, everyone can experience the many rewards of a European vacation.

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Virgin Vacations offers a varied product line, which includes “Exclusively Virgin” vacations to the UK and Europe, featuring round-trip air on their award-winning carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways. Their most recent partnership with Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations offers passengers the opportunity to visit both Universal Orlando theme parks, as well as many of Orlando’s attractions. This further expands their travel menu, which already includes Europe, Asia, South Africa, the South Pacific, and Central and South America. Travelers have the option of choosing complete vacation packages or the opportunity to create their own personalized holiday.

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hosts ‘SummerBlast!’ for Visitors to Orlando – The Disney-area Resort Celebrates 104 Days of Summer Vacation with a Schedule of Special Events

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 05, 2011

Visitors to Orlando will have another reason to celebrate this summer, as Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek presents “SummerBlast!,” May 25 through Sept. 5, 2011. This summer-long schedule of special events, activities and programs will celebrate 104 days of summer vacation.

The Summer Blast! program is for guests of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, the newest resort in Orlando conveniently accessed inside the gates of Walt Disney World