Gallery: Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenb...

Seattle-based Method Homes just unveiled their new Paradigm series of net-zero energy and water prefab house at the US Greenbuild Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The 722 square foot home features an impressive set of sustainable features, including a rooftop solar array, rainwater collection and filtering, and even mini greenhouses watered with greywater. Through the intelligent use of natural lighting, integration with outdoor spaces, and some incredibly cool, versatile furniture, the Paradigm home makes the most of its modest footprint. The home is targeting both LEED platinum and six of the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge.

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but available in other cladding), the wood is sourced from sustainable forests located within 200 miles of Method Home’s plant. The decking—which expands the Paradigm home’s square footage to 722—is created from a composite of recycled materials and bamboo, while the flooring inside the home is all renewable bamboo. Non-VOC paints and finishes, and formaldehyde-free FSC bamboo cabinets maintain a sustainable, non-toxic atmosphere. A perforated corten steel brow provides shade from the southern summer sun, but does not obscure lower winter sunlight.

A 4KW photovoltaic system on the building’s roof provides the home with all the energy it needs, and more. Method Homes explained that in theory the house can “run on the energy of a hair dryer,” and as such, they have employed a number of tactics in order to attain a net-zero energy rating. The building is highly insulated with R-48 ceiling insulation, R-33+ tapered foam roof insulation, and R-31 exterior wall insulation. A mini split HVAC system and energy recovery ventilator help further drive down energy consumption, while automated shading and a lutron radiora system help to provide greater control over energy usage.


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