Emigration Canyon Home is First Recipient of LEED Silver Green Home Certification

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Located in Utah’s Emigration Canyon just north of Salt Lake City, this contemporary 2,500 square foot home was designed for a family with small children by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. It provides breathtaking canyon views from every angle, and is the first recipient of the LEED Silver green home certification thanks to sustainable materials and energy-efficient qualities.

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The main living room consists of a 30-foot operable wall that transforms it into an outdoor room, and cor-ten steel cladding mixed with board-formed wood textured concrete create a modern, low maintenance interior that maintains a natural style. The lower level is an open, flexible design, ideal to be used as an art studio, playroom, home office, or entertainment room.

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Solatube skylights maximize the use of natural light, and an in-floor radiant system provides energy-efficient heat during cold Utah winters. The surrounding landscape complements the architecture with native, drought-resistant plants that provide a seamless transition between the cozy home and rustic canyon surroundings.

Read more here: Emigration Canyon Home is First Recipient of LEED Silver Green Home Certification

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Kanga Room Systems Make the Perfect Office, Guest Room, or Studio Space

Whether your home is in need of a small studio space, office, or extra guest bedroom, Austin, Texas-based Kanga Room Systems is the perfect portable option. The modern, eco-friendly buildings are designed with portability in mind, and are custom-made to fit your existing home with bathroom, kitchenette, and multiple room options.

Prices for a Kanga Room System range from $7,150 to $15,500, with size options between 8’x10’ and 14’x24’. Each one comes with a treated skids foundation, EPDM roof membrane, galvanized fascia flashing, cedar accent siding, a metal door with full lite glass, and several other unique features made of quality materials.

The system is shipped right to your home from Texas as a kit, where you or a contractor can assemble it. Kanga uses eco-conscious, sustainable, and energy-efficient materials whenever possible, and they are always customizable for specific aesthetic or environmental needs.

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Reclaimed Barn Siding Studio in Petaluma

Little House on the Trailer is a Petaluma-based company that provides affordable, energy-efficient, and “substantially constructed” houses for today’s mobile home buyers.  For example, the company currently has a “Barn Siding Studio” available for immediate delivery for $24,000.  The 200 square-foot studio was built on wheels and finished with reclaimed redwood planks.  Marin County treats the structure as a shed, according to Little House on the Trailer, but it can be used as an office, backyard retreat, etc.

[+] More about this reclaimed Barn Siding Studio in Petaluma.

Credits: Little House on the Trailer.

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The Newest MiniHome Prefab: 36 Bunkie

This is short notice, but readers near Toronto may be interested in knowing that the latest miniHome by Sustain Design Studio, the Bunkie 36, will be at the Fall Cottage Life Show this weekend from October 26-28, 2012, at the Toronto International Centre.  The 420 square-foot cabin starts in price from about $87,500 (well-equipped) and can be permitted as an accessory building in Canada.

Bunkie 36 has Energy Star appliances, LED and CFL lighting, cork floor, birch cabinets, baltic birch ply walls and ceiling, an engineered wood-frame construction, cladding of pre-finished pine and Douglas Fir, Marvin Integrity windows, and an upgraded insulation package (R33.5 floor, R25 walls, and R32 roof), etc.

[+] More about the Bunkie 36 miniHome by Sustain Design Studio.

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Net-Zero Energy Homes in Grow Community

This is Grow Community near downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island in Washington.  The first three model homes — Ocean, Everett, and Aria — are finished and work is moving forward for the next 24 homes and two 10-unit rowhouse apartments.  The eight-acre project is the first residential One Planet Community in North America (issued by U.K. non-profit BioRegional).  However, in addition to this recognition, the aim is net-zero homes and an entirely net-zero energy community by 2020.

Grow Community was designed by Davis Studio Architecture + Design, creators of PieceHomes (the Modern Living Showhouse at Dwell on Design 2011) and developed by Asani.

There will be community open spaces, gardens, and an urban farm program, as well as car- and bike-share programs.  In addition, residents won’t necessarily need a car in this place.  After about a five-minute bike ride, one can take a 35-minute ferry to downtown Seattle, if that’s where work is.

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When all is said and done, Grow Community will have 50 single family homes, 81 rental units, a central community building, as well as some commercial spaces.  While the first three homes were built in a conventional manner, the plan is to transition to modular assemblies going forward.

The homes will be partially prefabricated with wall and roof panels built in an off-site factory.  Once the shell is assembled on-site, finish work is then completed, and the homes are ready in about 3-4 months total.

Each home supports enough photovoltaic panels to provide all the energy needed for the residents.  To do that, the green homes are built with super-insulated walls and roofs, highly efficient windows, mini-split heat pumps, heat recovery ventilators, energy efficient appliances, etc.  They’re also nearly PVC-free and outfitted with sustainably harvested wood siding, low-VOC paints, stains, and sealants, and water-efficient fixtures.

[+] More about sustainable homes in Grow Community on Bainbridge Island.

Photo credits: Anthony Rich, courtesy of Davis Studio Architecture + Design.

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Net-Zero Landscape, Largely Eco-Friendly, Trading Tiny Spaces, + Passive Solar Strategy

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Method Announces Prefab Cottage Series

If your design palette is traditional, you’ll probably like the new Cottage Series by Studio 29 and Method Homes. The Cottage Series marries craftsman style with off-site fabrication in six floor plans.  These have tiered pricing based on things like the materials, interior palette, and finish packages.  For a general idea, pricing is between about $215,400 – $498,300 (not including separate, optional garage and ADU structures from $23,000).

The Cottage Series is the seventh line of homes available through Method Homes in the United States and Canada.

Method Homes has experience building top-of-the-line LEED Platinum homes, such as, for example, Beachaus I and Beachaus II, and expects to continue that tradition with the Cottage Series.  In a statement, Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes, said: “Method is committed to utilizing our sustainable practices, quality materials, and energy efficient features to our new classic Cottage Series.

Green prefabs in the Cottage Series range from 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 1 and 2 story layouts. The designs includes porches, decks, loft-style sleeping spaces, balconies, wood stoves, and optional master craftsman built-ins and detailing.  Energy-efficient upgrades include an enhanced building envelope and solar panels, etc.

[+] More about the new prefab Cottage Series from Method Homes.

Credits: Method Homes/Studio 29 Architecture.

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Tiny House Popularity, LEDs Save Coal, LEDs Best CFLs, + Prefab Homes Everywhere

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Prefab Eco-Friendly Tiny Studio in Austin

As a follow up to our recent article about prefabs and tiny houses by ClearSpace Homes, I want to share this 182-square foot studio already built by the company. It’s a showroom for ClearSpace Homes, outfitted with a concealed fastener steel siding, Hardie lap siding, zero-VOC paints, strand woven bamboo floors, soy-based spray foam insulation, white modified rubber roofing, LED lighting, CFL lights, and reclaimed wood detail. The studio, which costs about $28,500, includes a built in desk, microwave, fridge, and storage.

[+] More about ClearSpace prefab studios in Texas.

Credits: ClearSpace Homes.

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DIY Shed Plan Makes a Home Attainable

FreeGreen, an online source for green house plans, recently announced a strategic pivot to make homes better and cheaper. The company wants to give homeowners the opportunity to save money by helping them get involved in some of the finish work. FreeGreen has a DIY series of house plans, and the first design — the DIY Shed — isn’t value engineered to meet a budget. It’s designed so that certain portions can be finished by the homeowners themselves.

To be clear, this isn’t just sweat equity either. FreeGreen will guide homeowners to invest in the shell of their home while saving money (and maintaining quality) on the interior finishes and built-ins.

For example, the DIY Shed eliminates wasted hallway space in favor of an open layout that also includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,400 square feet. In addition, Ben Uyeda, founder of FreeGreen, says the DIY Shed can achieve Passive House with two different options built into the plan for a super-insulated thermal envelope.

When it comes time to finish the kitchen, the homeowners go into easy or ninja mode (see above) on a scrap island built from leftover construction material.  In this way, the homeowners can save as much money as they’re able to reclaim in materials and put to work in DIY efforts.

[+] More about the DIY Shed Plan from FreeGreen.

Credits: Free Green.

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