New net-zero LivingHomes capture the future of sustainable living

April 29, 2020 by  
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Koto Design has teamed up with Plant Prefab to create two new incredible net-zero energy homes. Koto LivingHome 1 and Koto LivingHome 2 are modular homes that incorporate sustainable living systems of the future. Under the ethos of creating great architecture that is more sustainable, the dwellings are powerhouses of energy-efficiency, with passive elements to reduce energy demand and active systems that allow homeowners to reduce electricity consumption through an app. Ranging in cost from $419,000 to $830,400, the new homes are available in two modular models, Koto LivingHome 1 and Koto LivingHome 2. Both homes are designed with a Scandinavian aesthetic. With clean lines and solid materials, they are built to have strong connections with the natural world through a variety of passive and active features that also keep energy needs to a minimum. Related: A prefabricated timber facade envelops a gorgeous glass home on a Norwegian island The larger of the two homes, nicknamed Piha (Finnish for “courtyard”), spans 2,184 square feet and features a spacious courtyard that melds the interior and exterior. The second home, dubbed Yksi (Finnish for “first”), is a smaller, two-bedroom residence. Designed to be ultra-resilient to various climates, the homes can be built in virtually any landscape, from frigid mountainous regions to warm beachfront properties. Both designs count on using an abundance of natural light and air ventilation to keep the interior spaces cool and cozy without the need for artificial systems. Although most prefab homes already feature a relatively small carbon footprint, the Koto homes meet net-zero energy targets and are built with eco-friendly materials, such as recycled insulation. The designs also incorporate efficient heating and cooling systems, low-flow water fixtures and LED lighting. Koto LivingHome 1 and Koto LivingHome 2 have monitoring systems accessible via smartphone to ensure all systems are operating at maximum efficiency. + Koto Design + Plant Prefab Images via Koto Design

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Sweden and Austria close their last coal plants

April 29, 2020 by  
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Europe just gained its second and third coal-free countries. Sweden and Austria have both shut their last coal-fired plants in late April, joining Belgium in going coal-free in favor of renewable energy sources. “With Sweden going coal-free in the same week as Austria, the downward trajectory of coal in Europe is clear,” Kathrin Gutmann, campaign director for Europe Beyond Coal, told PV Magazine . “Against the backdrop of the serious health challenges we are currently facing, leaving coal behind in exchange for renewables is the right decision and will repay us in kind with improved health, climate protection and more resilient economies.” Related: Britain celebrates first week without coal power since 1882 Sweden had originally planned on going coal-free in 2022, but it was able to achieve this goal two years early. A mild Swedish winter meant that energy utility Stockholm Exergi’s last coal-fired plant, located in Hjorthagen, eastern Stockholm, didn’t need to be used this year. The plant opened in 1989. In addition to environmental awareness that decreased the popularity of coal, market forces have driven the operational costs up. Statistics from the U.K.-based think-tank Carbon Tracker show that 40% of EU coal plants ran at a loss in 2017. In 2019, it cost almost 100% more to run a coal plant than to rely on renewable options. More European countries plan to join the coal-free future: France is aiming to be coal-free by 2022; Slovakia and Portugal by 2023; the U.K. by 2024; and Ireland and Italy by 2025. Stockholm Exergi CEO Anders Egelrud told PV Magazine he hopes the utility will eventually go carbon-negative. “Today we know that we must stop using all fossil fuels , therefore the coal needs to be phased out and we do so several years before the original plan,” Egelrud said, according to TheMayor.eu . “Since Stockholm was almost totally fossil-dependent 30-40 years ago, we have made enormous changes and now we are taking the step away from carbon dependence and continuing the journey towards an energy system entirely based on renewable and recycled energy.” Image via Steve Buissinne

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LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

March 19, 2015 by  
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Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

March 19, 2015 by  
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LivingHomes Announces Launch of Three New Prefab Eco-Luxe LEED Platinum Models

November 1, 2012 by  
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LivingHomes has just announced the launch of yet three more prefabricated LEED Platinum-worthy homes . The CK4, CK5, and CK7 homes are all based on the the C6  – the first affordable LivingHome introduced earlier this year — and they are modeled for urban infill lots. Better yet, CK homes are cheaper to build than conventional homes in cities such as LA, San Francisco and New York. Two of the three homes are modern double stories and all of them can be constructed within two months and assembled on site within one day. Read the rest of LivingHomes Announces Launch of Three New Prefab Eco-Luxe LEED Platinum Models Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: c6 , CK series , eco design , Eco-Luxe home , green design , LEED platinum , livinghomes , Modern Homes , Prefab , sustainable design

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Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

November 1, 2012 by  
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The site of the new Guthrie Green Park was once a 2.7-acre truck loading facility – essentially a concrete jungle. Now it’s a green oasis and community gathering space offering gardens, interactive fountains, outdoor stage with vine-covered ‘green rooms’, a multi-purpose lawn for performances and festivals, and an 11,200-square-foot cafe pavilion. Designed by the Sausalito, CA office of SWA Group , the park sits across the street from the new Woody Guthrie Archives, which used to be the former Tulsa Paper Company Building. Both projects were funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation as part of an urban revitalization program in the Brady Arts District. “SWA designed and helped our community develop a magnificent gathering space in the center of a once-forgotten part of downtown Tulsa which is now thriving with arts, music, great food and celebration on almost every day of the week,” said Ken Levit, Executive Director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation . “The park—known as Guthrie Green—almost instantly became “the place to be” on any given sunny day in our city.” The park is more than just a fun place to play and cool off when its hot. Guthrie Green is also a giant geothermal sink with a ground-source heat pump system buried under the park. After removing the concrete pad, 120 wells were drilled to 500 ft depth as part of the ‘geo-exchange’ system, which generates 600 tons (7.2 million BTU/hour) of heating/cooling distributed via underground pipes to serve 120,000 square feet of nearby non-profit users as well as the cafe pavilion and bathrooms. Photovoltaic panels on the pavilion roof supply power for the heat pump system. The system reduces energy use by 60% with investment payback in five to seven years. Elizabeth Shreeve, principal of SWA Group, the project designer told us, “Tulsa’s new Guthrie Green demonstrates the power of city parks to catalyze revitalization, generate innovative sources of energy, and maximize the benefits of effective private-public partnerships.” + SWA Group + George Kaiser Family Foundation Images ©Jonnu Singleton / SWA

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Ecofabulous and LivingHomes Unveil Affordable, Green C6 Prefab at Dwell on Design in LA!

June 25, 2012 by  
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LivingHomes Reveals First LEED Platinum Certified Multifamily Development in Silicon Valley!

June 19, 2012 by  
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PHOTOS: LivingHomes Debuts Affordable New C6 Prefab Home starting at $179,000

February 20, 2012 by  
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Belles Townhomes: SF’s First LEED Platinum Multi-Family Housing

October 6, 2010 by  
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