Prefab Housing

Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Daiman Otto of Analog Structures worked with ARKit and GHD to design and fabricate Feel Free shelter for the Shed Light event in Melbourne. The shelter provides a sustainable and affordable structural

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Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Bornego College commissioned HVDN and Studioninedots to design and build a new facility for their first year students in a spot adjacent to the school. The goal of the new building, besides providing

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Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

Blu Homes' Sidebreeze is a 2,600 sq ft prefab home with 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a stacked configuration attached to the spacious central Breezespace™. The living room has 12 ft ceilings and

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Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

When you combine Passivhaus with prefab you get one of the greenest buildings possible. Designers Vanda Holescakova of Architectonica and Katarina Husarova Volekova of DSU have conceived the Nest Box, a

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Haustrift is a Series of Modular, Minimalist and Affordable Rowhouses in Vienna

Haustrift is a Series of Modular, Minimalist and Affordable Rowhouses in Vienna

Haustrift is a series of rowhouses centered around a large, shared green space and located near the Danube river. Superblock's design of the housing project focusses on quality materials, thoughtful

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Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Both vertical and horizontal stacks of Canopea homes can produce nanotowers that respond to the dearth of urban space in France. Each level is a fairly spacious, complete home, and only the very top is

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Grow Community is a Prefab Net-Zero Housing Development on Bainbridge Island

Grow Community is a Prefab Net-Zero Housing Development on Bainbridge Island

Grow Community is an 8-acre net-zero housing development near Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Just a five-minute walk to downtown Winslow, the community is aptly situated to enjoy both the urban and rural

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Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Modular, prefabricated buildings have been catching on in design communities around the world in recent years, but the building techniques are typically limited to low-rise buildings. Chinese developer

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Prefabricated Southend Pier Cultural Centre Sits At the End of the World’s Longest Pleasure Pier

Prefabricated Southend Pier Cultural Centre Sits At the End of the World’s Longest Pleasure Pier

Southend Pier Cultural Centre opened in the summer of 2012 to provide gathering space for visitors to Southend-On-Sea. The project was designed by <a href="http://www.white.se/"

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungarians don't enjoy a lot of great weather, but when they do, the ODOO house terrace will ensure they can make the most of it. The day-lit interior is comfortable too, heated as it is by insulated

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Slender FOLD Solar Decathlon House Boasts an Extra-Thin Rooftop Solar System

Slender FOLD Solar Decathlon House Boasts an Extra-Thin Rooftop Solar System

Only 86 mm thick, the rooftop RAcell PVT system developed specifically for FOLD also covers a hot water system placed directly beneath it. The overall framing is thin too, but that doesn't mean it isn't

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Portugal’s Modular Casas Em Movimento House Rotates to Follow the Sun at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Portugal’s Modular Casas Em Movimento House Rotates to Follow the Sun at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The last time we checked, the Casas Em Movimento House is not actually rotating, but its performance scores are climbing despite some delays in construction. Conceptually, the robust envelope of

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

The Ekihouse utilizes simplicity and functionality as its founding principles, and the result is an easily replicated dwelling that has a unique beauty to its facade. The multi-purpose design of the

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Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

MED in Italy is a clever play on words that refers to the fact that the home was made in Italy, but it also refers to the Mediterranean climate around which the home was designed. In order to be able to

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

The PRISPA's envelope has a dual function: not only does the photovoltaic array produce twice as much energy as the home can use, but it also provides solar protection. Albeit a rather expensive

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Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

The simple but elegant design of the exterior is mirrored inside, providing a comfortable and airy living area. The upgraded tatami mats (seen above) double as seating and bedding if required. As

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend

Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend

With Blu Homes' new Vallejo, CA factory, the prefab home builder is making a big push to expand its product throughout the West Coast. The company's first Southern California project is Tim Disney's

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Team Zaragoza’s Cylindrical Casa Pi Solar Decathlon House Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Uses

Team Zaragoza’s Cylindrical Casa Pi Solar Decathlon House Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Uses

In addition to its unique circular shape which results in a heat reduction loss of 11%, Casa Pi is the only home made of concrete. Reinforced with glass, this material has a high thermal mass that will

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Plus Energy FOLD House by Solar Decathlon Team DTU Can Be Erected in Multiple Configurations

Plus Energy FOLD House by Solar Decathlon Team DTU Can Be Erected in Multiple Configurations

To the team from Denmark that is presently working around the clock to finish the Fold House in time for the official SDE 2012 opening, sustainability entails a collective mindset that requires a sense of

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Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Combining hi and lo technology to create a comfortable powerhouse suitable for the Mediterranean climate, team Roma focused a lot of attention on Med in Italy's thermal massing. Being a more eco-friendly

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

Our Green Guide to Prefab series has explored a number of considerations that need to be made when planning for a prefab home, from siting to personal style to financing and loans. But how do you

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Prefab Treehouse Riga is a Modular and Flexible Housing System in Lisbon

Prefab Treehouse Riga is a Modular and Flexible Housing System in Lisbon

Treehouse is a prefab housing system developed to provide flexible and efficient living. Built entirely from wood, Treehouse is based on sustainability and modularity. As families needs grow over time, so

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Method Homes Completes Traditional Craftsman-Style Doe Bay Prefab Cottage on Orcas Island

Method Homes Completes Traditional Craftsman-Style Doe Bay Prefab Cottage on Orcas Island

The Cottage Series developed from a collaboration between San Juan Islands-based Studio 29 and Seattle prefab manufacturer, Method Homes. Studio 29 was trying to come up with a more sustainable way to

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RWTH Aachen University’s Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon House is Made From Recycled CDs!

RWTH Aachen University’s Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon House is Made From Recycled CDs!

Designed for a couple without children, Counter Entropy is almost completely open save for the bathroom, which is slightly set apart on the northern side. A large cantilevering roof made of seven prefab

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Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building's facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that

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Freestone Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House by Arts et Métiers ParisTech is a High Performance Prefab

Freestone Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House by Arts et Métiers ParisTech is a High Performance Prefab

Of the numerous projects we have already reviewed ahead of the Solar Decathlon's official opening next week, the Astonyshine has been the easiest to navigate so far. Their website is super clear and

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