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DIY Container home in West Asheville

Written on November 29, 2013 at 03:40

 

Ryan Naylor of Grow Design is taking on a a container home build as a DIY project, he is kind enough to have sent some details through on the first stage of his project.

Details:
- location: West Asheville – exact location is private for his families sake.
- materials: Mostly re-used, scrap, and surplus materials including (but not limited to) two 40′ HC (high-cube 9.5ft. tall) shipping containers, a spiral staircase, a claw-foot bathtub, penny kitchen floor, etc.
- cost: UNDER 100K total. (property, materials, labor, city fee’s, etc.) for 1400 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.
- time to build: 6-8 months
- insulation: spray closed cell foam and batt
- windows: HUGE window panes from the Asheville courthouse (they ordered too many and some in the wrong sizes) and re-used, surplus, windows from friends/family/Craigslist

You can follow his journey at his purpose build blog 40×28.com

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Prefab Houses and Modern Modular Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz

Written on November 19, 2013 at 03:19

 

Modern Modular by Joseph TanneyRobert Luntz

Mix and match your requirements for a modular house with design in focus. Modern Modular is a  contemporary insight by Resolution: 4 Architecture a New York based firm that has bound modern prefabricated building practice with a design focused approach. If you are looking for inspiration take a look.

Purchase Modern Modular here

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Prefab Houses and Modern Modular Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz

Written on November 19, 2013 at 03:19

 

Modern Modular by Joseph TanneyRobert Luntz

Mix and match your requirements for a modular house with design in focus. Modern Modular is a  contemporary insight by Resolution: 4 Architecture a New York based firm that has bound modern prefabricated building practice with a design focused approach. If you are looking for inspiration take a look.

Purchase Modern Modular here

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First Container Home in New Orleans

Written on November 4, 2013 at 02:45

This home was designed by the Toronto-based maker of prefab homes, MekaWorld, and is the first container home in New Orleans. It is made up of two shipping containers and has a net living area of 640 square feet. Despite the relatively small size of this one-bedroom home, it is partitioned into a very spacious dwelling.

The New Orleans home is based on the VOR_640 plan by MekaWorld, and is a 2 x 40 ft high cube with total dimensions of 16 feet x 40 feet x 9′-6″ high (10′-0″ top of roof structure). The roof is comprised of epdm rubber sheathing with galvanized flashing and sloped polyiso board. The house is insulated with sealform panels, while the entry doors are double glazed, thermally broken with insulated glazed unit (igu’s). The interior walls are insulated with sealform non moisture panels and finished with non-VOC lustre white paint.

All the lighting in the house includes UL approved low voltage halogen shallow recessed spotlights, with fluorescent undercounter lighting in the kitchen, track lighting for the living room and bedroom, and recessed low volatge halogen lighting for bathroom wet areas. Exterior lighting is encased in recycled aluminum cage light sconces.

The home also has large windows installed on each side, some of them floor-to-ceiling and front-to-back, which lets plenty of natural light into the house. The windows and sliding doors are double glazed, thermally broken and encased in vinyl frames. Floors are finished in bamboo, which is a very sustainable source of wood. The house is also designed to withstand winds of up to 130 MPH.

 

The structure was delivered to the building location already partially assembled, while the homeowner finished the home on site. The planning process took over a year, but in the end the shipping container home was well received by the community and neighborhood in general.

At first glance, the home does not look like it is made from shipping containers, due to the decorative external wood finish. All MekaWorld designs also include the option to add solar PV, green roof, rubber tight roof and decking installations, though the company itself does not install them.

 

 

 

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Team Austria Wins Solar Decathlon 2013

Written on October 28, 2013 at 03:17

Last week the judges of the 2013 Solar Decathlon announced this year’s winner. The award went to Team Austria’s LISI House, which was a clear leader all along, having already won the Communications, Market Appeal and Energy Balance competitions. With LISI house, Team Austria sought to create a home, which seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor living, and can be built anywhere, be it in the Alpine forests of Austria or the temperate regions of California.

LISI is an acronym for Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation, which the team achieved primarily through a modular timber construction. More specifically, over 90% of LISI is constructed of wood. This material was chosen since it is completely natural, while also being low-maintenance and easy to transport. To maximize sustainability, all parts of the trees, including bark and heartwood, were used in the construction. The home also features cellulose and wood fiber to provide the thermal insulation, while tree bark was used as interior wall paneling.

The house has a flexible layout, which allows for full blending of indoor and outdoor spaces of the home. It is made up of three zones, namely the spacious interior living area with two adjacent patios, and a service core. A textile façade enveloped ramp leads into the main living area of the house, which is large enough to allow for a wide range of daily activities. The house is bordered by a north and south patio, which can both be accessed by sliding glass doors. The floor plan also consists of a compact dark service core where the bedroom, bathroom, and all technical equipment are located. The innovative, movable exterior curtain works to provide privacy as needed, and acts to avoid overheating on hot, summer days, which greatly reduces cooling loads.

LISI Home is also a plus energy house. All the required energy for household needs is obtained via the roof-mounted PV array. Indoor temperatures are maintained by an ERV unit that functions as a heat and humidity exchanger between used exhausted air and fresh intake air. Cold and hot water for space heating, cooling, as well as for domestic hot water needs, is supplied by two air-water heat pumps. This design also features a special shower tray that captures thermal energy from the daily drain water through a heat exchanger. In this way the net energy consumption for hygiene needs of the occupants is greatly reduced.

The two outdoor patios also allow the inhabitants of LISI house to live in a closer contact with nature. The patios feature a vertical garden and multiple garden space where the occupants can grow their own herbs, vegetables and fruit. These plants also function to provide a natural air filtration system for the house.

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Zero Home is First in Utah to Receive DOE Challenge Home Status

Written on August 14, 2013 at 12:08

Designed by KTGY Group Architecture + Planning, the Zero Home is located in Garbett Home’s Bellasol community that is part of Rosecrest, a master-planned community in which Garbett has seventeen lots and an option for an additional fifteen lots. Smarthome technologies are provided by Vivint in partnership with Garbett Homes to bring affordable green living to more Americans.

“This is a watershed project for green building in Utah and across the country,” said Bryson Garbett of Garbett Homes in a recent press release. “Every family deserves energy savings and greater energy independence. With the partnership between two like-minded companies, we want to show that smart homes no longer have to come custom built, with multi-million dollar price tags.”

Just outside of Salt Lake City, in Herriman, Utah, the Zero Home is attracting a lot of attention to its outstanding efficiency ratings: it is the first home in the state of Utah to receive Challenge Home status from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), it has achieved a HERS rating of zero, is designated as an EPA Indoor airPLUS Home, it is Energy Star certified, and it is the first home in Climate Zone 5 to be certified as net zero.

“Climate Zone 5 is one of the most difficult to achieve a HERS Zero score in,” Garbett’s Rene Oehlerking says. “We knew if we could do it here – affordably, and on a production scale – we could do it anywhere.”

A 10.29 kW photovoltaic system contributes to the Zero Home’s energy self-sufficiency and powers optional electronic vehicle charging stations in the garage. The Vivint solar array alone brought the HERS rating from 28 to 5.

Additional energy-efficiency features include advanced framing techniques, spray foam and blown-in insulation, low-E windows, super high-efficiency HVAC systems, HEPA air filtration, solar water heating, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets.

Built as a prototype production home, four floor plans allow for variation in the number of bedrooms and bathrooms with starting prices of $350,000, which is comparable to similarly-sized homes in the area. It is expected that homeowners will only need to run the furnace or air conditioner on three to five days of the year and have near zero energy costs. The average utility bill for Rosecrest home owners is around $300 per month.

 

 

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Going Off the Grid Gehry-Style

Written on May 21, 2013 at 07:50

Next year’s SUPRASTUDIO program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design will be all about going off the grid on an urban scale.

In a recent discussion with Dennis Shelden, Craig Webb, and Andrew Witt of Gehry Technologies, Frank Gehry talks about how, early in his career, he would get upset when electricians came into his buildings and punched holes in the walls to put wires in. Considering that the aerospace industry is developing systems for Skylab that were miniaturized and light, Gehry started to think about how to change the way we solve problems in urban design to be less dependent on distribution systems.

What came of ensuing talks with his colleagues is Mr. Gehry’s participation in the creation of a SUPRASTUDIO program to confront challenges of the grid and its impact on the environment and address the possibility of local power generation.

If you could whisper in Frank’s ear, what would you ask him to have the SUPRASTUDIO students focus on next fall?

About Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles and the designer of the designer of the future Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He is known for his “paper architecture” design technique and many famous buildings:

  • Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
  • MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles
  • Experience Music Project in Seattle
  • Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis
  • Dancing House in Prague
  • Vitra Design Museum andMARTa Museum in Germany
  • Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
  • Cinémathèque française in Paris
  • 8 Spruce Street in New York City

About SUPRASTUDIO

SUPRASTUDIO at the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is an architecture educational research platform that is designed to advance experimentation in architecture in collaboration with other building construction and design disciplines. Each program is a one-year course of study that can contribute to completion of a Masters of Architecture degree. During the course, students work on a specific research project in conjunction with industry professionals. Applications for the next SUPRASTUDIO program, which starts on August 5, 2013, are being accepted through January 7, 2013 from students who have obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from any NAAB accredited program in the United States, foreign equivalent, or a graduate degree in architecture.

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Strawbale Housing, Eco Pragmatists, Greenbuild Infographic, + Drought Damages

Written on December 16, 2012 at 20:39

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World’s Tallest Prefab, New Plastic Light, Higher Standards, + Existing Home Insulation

Written on December 9, 2012 at 08:37

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Container Perfection, Wood Materials, Solar Steam Efficiency, + Urban Infill Examples

Written on December 3, 2012 at 08:35

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