Gallery: We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Bu...


What responsibility do you think that designers and architects have in terms of sustainability, if any at all?

Tracen Gardner: I think it’s so simple that you can’t ignore it, really. It’s so easy that you shouldn’t ignore it. You want the right amount of light to be let in and out depending on your climate – that means heat coming in and how you control it, how you shade it, or open it up. It’s not a really complex way of looking at it. It’s just trying to understand each climate and meeting the client’s needs. We’ve built homes made for 6.5 magnitude earthquakes in California, and we’ve done wind-strapping on the coast for 120 mile per hour hurricane winds. We hope to keep making the homes different and unique. That’s one thing that we’ve found that our clients really appreciate is that theirs is one of a kind. There are no two alike and there’s no way to really make two alike.

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  1. refp12 November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey first time on here but my family lost everthing in katrina now still on the fight after all this time , a wounderfull man owner finaced a 13acr for us but no water, septic nothin but clear land well we both on disability now we have taken apart an old home and now tryin to do another my husband is real ill do u have any sugg on how i might be able to get help with well septic
    i just want him to have a real home again we had all the insurance did it all right but still no home ,for once I want to prove to him its still possible thanks

  2. Niki at myscandinavianh... October 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post. I live in a carbon neutral area in Sweden and am fascinated by this type of work. Best of luck!

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