Gallery: Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann


At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer herself to get the low-down on the sleekly-designed zero energy home. Check out the video to learn all the details about the energy, water, and materials packed into this compact sustainable home.

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  1. Terrence November 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I am looking for builders who are more realistic. Do we have a maor builders incorporating some of these design acheivements in a practical way? Today suburbs dominate, what pre-fab designs which are storm and flood resistant are actually being built today? I know that some builders prefab walls and certain peices of construction. Are there any builders responding to Katrina and the many other storm damage we experience every year in Amerca?

  2. dale October 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    nice work

  3. woodcraftdb October 9, 2008 at 6:35 am

    This home is spectacular. I was wondering if it is hardy enough to survive the winters in the Minneapolis area. Woodcraft is in the concept stages of a sustainable development in the Minneapolis area. We are looking for cunning and cutting edge \\\”sustainable design homes\\\” for a small beta development. If you are interested in this development please contact us at

  4. popeye01 September 29, 2008 at 3:11 am

    All very well but i wish to comment that by placing the photovoltaic panels flat on the roof they will only be 70% efficient why not project them at 30% angles facing south to get further efficiency.
    It does not indicate if battery cells are used to store excess energy during the day for use at night.
    The use of LED lighting although conserves energy for the user there has been no deep study into the effects on the environment producing these items this needs to be looked at in more detail the same applies for photovoltaic cells a recent study i have carried out shows it will take 45 years to recover the energy used to manufacture these panels so the only saving is to the user and are not truly environmentally friendly

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  6. Rose Hare February 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, love this!! I’m an Eco Broker here in Port Townsend Washington and have alot of interest in your product. Please put me on your mailing list. Thanks, Rose Hare REALTOR

  7. Susan Nordland January 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I own a Hair Salon – Is there any way I can generate electricity. Cycling ?????

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  9. Anang Moite November 1, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Dear Partners,

    The main focus of the company is renovate, redesign, develop and manage most of the dilapidated old homes around the capital into modern commercial, residential and other facilities

    I have a land and i want to partner to develop 2 & 3 bedroom detach story building

    Ghana is a business friendly country where companies and individual have a better retunes on their investment.

    The state has provided a tax-free for companies who want to invest in the country for both international companies and small-scale business for five years in any part of the country.

    The state also protects the companies interest.

    Looking forward for your quick responses.

    Best regards

    Anang Moite

    (Properties Development )

    Nii Moite Agency


    Phone: +233 277

  10. Linda ayres October 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    We are planning to build our dream home in Oriental NC starting in about two years. i am very interested in building in this format, however, we want an elevated house, because the house will be on a lake witch is fed from the NC sound

  11. alisa October 16, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    i LOVE this! Manhattan rooftop Lotus village anyone?

  12. diego almaraz October 12, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    The video doesn’t work, maybe you could give an updated link? Thanks

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