Cubicco’s hurricane-proof modular homes break into Miami’s construction scene

October 17, 2016 by  
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A standard model Cubicco home is far and above what one might expect from a prefabricated house. Stylish and modern in appearance, each home is also designed to be energy efficient. Packages include options for solar water heaters and photovoltaic panels to make use of Florida’s abundant sunshine and reduce reliance on grid power. Cubicco homes also include rainwater collection systems for landscaping (or for filtration and use inside the home) and vertical gardens (that can be irrigated using repurposed rainwater). Each home makes use of renewable building materials throughout, including a sustainably-harvested wood exterior and cork. Related: Hermine is first hurricane in 11 years to make landfall in Florida Additionally, Cubicco took the surrounding climate into consideration for its final designs. As a result, the state of Florida approved the modular homes for use in high velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ) where buildings must be able to withstand winds up to 180 miles per hour, which is stronger than a Category 5 hurricane . This rating makes Cubicco homes appropriate for all areas in Florida, including Miami-Dade County, where HVHZ codes are the most stringent. Cubicco’s homes are modular, so they can be as small or as large as desired. Additional modules can even be added later down the line, making it fairly simple for the home to grow along with your family. Would-be homeowners who live within 200 miles of a Cubicco assembly line have the ability to purchase a finished home and have it delivered to their site. Anyone living more than 200 miles away will have to purchase through one of Cubicco’s Certified Assembly Partners, which is a network of builders and developers approved to erect one of the flat-packed homes. + Cubicco Via New Atlas Images via Cubicco

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Seattle’s Palatine Passive House consumes 90% less energy than a conventional home

August 5, 2016 by  
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The Palatine home’s distinctive façade is made from hand-charred cedar slabs treated with the Japanese “ shou sugi ban ” technique. This process naturally seals the wood to withstand Seattle’s rainy weather. The project’s many passive features includes an airtight envelope, high-performance insulation, and a filtered heat and moisture recovery ventilation system. This ensures excellent air quality and temperature control, providing a healthy and comfortable living environment. Related: Pumpkin Ridge Passive House consumes 90% less heating energy than a conventional house A Kirio home management & control system monitors all major energy components and optimizes efficiency based on living patterns, while allowing inhabitants to manage lighting, cooling, heating and ventilation from a smart phone. Tiffany Bowie, Principal Architect, describes the modern interiors, “Joe and I are influenced by Scandinavian architecture that exhibits simple forms, clean lines, natural materials, and thoughtful day lighting.” She continues, “we like keeping our designs simple while adding in our own unique details or using materials in new ways.” + Malboeuf Bowie Architecture Photos by Shea Pollard

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Stunning corten-clad California home built for efficiency and flexibility

August 1, 2016 by  
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441 Tamalpais sits at the end of a road in a serene hillside location close to hiking trails and nature. The family home enjoys an abundance of natural light thanks to large glazed sliding doors that minimize the need for artificial lighting, and the open-plan layout provides flexibility as the family matures. Related: Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning Every room of the terraced home has a strong connection to the surroundings and features a shaded deck made from recycled bamboo flooring. The home is equipped with a 10Kw solar photovoltaic system, which provides energy for a hyper-efficient mini-split heat pump heating and air conditioning, as well as an automatic Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) that operates around the clock. The home was designed to be virtually maintenance free with long-lasting materials that also age beautifully, including the rusty corten steel facade. + Zack De Vito Via Arch Daily Images via  Bruce Damonte

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Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger

August 1, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk announced back in June that Tesla wished to purchase solar power company SolarCity . Now the world is one step closer to the clean energy super company that could result from such a merger. Today in a blog post , Tesla announced the two companies have come to an agreement: a hefty “all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion.” With SolarCity’s focus on renewable energy , and Tesla’s focus on storage, Musk apparently believes now is the perfect time to combine the two companies, especially as Tesla aims to grow its Powerwall product. In Elon Musk’s ” Master Plan Part Deux ,” released near the end of July, he said it’s been a goal of his for ten years to offer solar energy, and combining with SolarCity could allow Tesla to achieve that goal. He spoke of a “beautiful solar-roof-with-battery that just works,” and envisioned with a merger the process to transition to clean energy would be simple for a customer: “One ordering experience, one installation, one service contract, one phone app.” Related: Elon Musk aims to build clean energy giant with Tesla’s $2.8 billion bid for SolarCity Musk said, “That [Telsa and SolarCity] are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely an accident of history.” The blog post released by Tesla today announcing the agreement with SolarCity echoes many of those dreams laid out in Musk’s updated master plan. With the combination of two companies, they said, there could be an easy “one-stop solar + storage experience.” SolarCity organized a committee to review the agreement apart from Musk’s influence, reports Reuters. As Musk sits on the board of SolarCity, of which his cousin Lyndon Rive is CEO (another cousin, Peter Rive, also sits on the board), they and many other executives won’t vote on the agreement. Under the agreement, there will be a “go-shop” provision, which means Solar City has 45 days, until September 14, to see if they get a better offer than Tesla’s offer. In the blog post Tesla said they anticipate closing the transaction in 2016’s fourth quarter. Via The Verge Images via SolarCity Facebook and Flickr

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Green-roofed Casa Magayon offers energy-smart tropical luxury in Costa Rica

January 5, 2016 by  
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Modern solar-powered Ontario home is insulated with straw bales

December 16, 2015 by  
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Tatiana Bilbao’s $8,000 house could help solve Mexico’s social housing shortage

November 9, 2015 by  
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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

August 3, 2015 by  
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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

May 26, 2015 by  
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YOD Design Lab’s guest houses disappear into the forest in Ukraine

May 26, 2015 by  
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