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Bjarko|Serra Architects Create a Modern and Green Backyard Cottage

Posted By Inhabitat On September 20, 2011 @ 2:20 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Reader Submitted Content | 2 Comments

Bjarko|Serra Architects [1]’ modern backyard cottage is a 800 s.f. mini-dwelling created in response to a recent zoning code change in Seattle to create more density. Dubbed the DADU [2] (detached accessory dwelling unit), this backyard cottage has been designed as an addition to a single-family home, but is flexible enough to serve as a small, stand-alone home for austere inhabitants. The 5-star Built Green [3] design focuses on creating an innovative approach to small scale building on an occupied site, where off-site production is the primary mode used to decrease site impact. The dwelling also features a low site-impact foundation system of pin piles supporting a raised floor system; the main building shell and roof are composed of pre-fabricated high R-Value SIPS wall panels; rainwater harvesting is used for garden irrigation and storm water management; roof mounted solar systems provide electricity generation and hot water; low- or no-VOC finishes are used throughout; and recycled and sustainable materials [4] are used when possible.

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[1] Bjarko|Serra Architects: http://bjarkoserra.com/

[2] DADU: http://bjarkoserra.com/projects-dadu.html

[3] 5-star Built Green: http://www.builtgreen.net/incentive.html

[4] recycled and sustainable materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/materials

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