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LEED Platinum Boulder House First in US to Use German System
Posted By Andrew Michler On October 20, 2010 @ 4:15 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
While a relatively new concept in the US, the German company Weberhaus  has long been developing prefab house construction technology for 50 years. Designed by Studio H:T Architects  the 2002 Alpine House  in Boulder CO, is the first to use the state-of-the-art German system in the US. This new LEED Platinum home shows how high-scale design, sustainable principles and prefab can come together to create an attractive home. Additionally, some of the home’s most impressive features include a super-low energy requirement, a 9kW solar array  and a host of other low impact features able to assuage the environmentally aware, wealthy owners who were looking for the perfect $3.5 million pad built to last a hundred years.
The upscale residence is two stories of modular walls and ceilings, complete with windows doors, and electrical and plumbing set on an ICF base. Overall construction reported only 5% in waste materials, compared to the national average of 17%. The shell of the home has reduced the energy demand to 1/5th of the average home, but air quality is improved by low toxic material and fresh air exchange.
The 4,340 square feet interior has been equipped with a number of drool worthy gadgets, supreme finishes and a killer view of Boulder’s iconic Flatiron Mountains. The space is heated with a high efficiency boiler , lit with LED lighting, and finished in Earth Clay plaster. Water is heated through a solar thermal system and reclaimed as grey water. Outdoor and indoor spaces blend together beautifully, and the overall effect is a clean, highly refined modernist feel with a naturalist bent.
+ 2002 Alpine house 
+ Weberhaus 
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 While a relatively new concept in the US, the German company Weberhaus: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/20/boulder-leed-platinum-house-first-in-us-to-use-german-system/new-17-19/
 Studio H:T Architects: http://www.studioht.com/
 2002 Alpine House: http://www.2002alpine.com/
 9kW solar array: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=176152
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 boiler: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=176127
 short video: http://www.2002alpine.com/2002-alpine-construction-video/
 + 2002 Alpine house: http://www.2002alpine.com
 + Weberhaus: http://www.weberhaus.de/nc/index/haeuser.html
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