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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

In 2011, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), a nonprofit that invests in housing, sent out a request for affordable, sustainable designs for lots in the city’s South Central area. “We very much want to introduce new design ideas and new technologies to low- and moderate-income districts,” explains John Perfitt, executive director. “Good design and new construction methods can, over time, have a very positive influence in restoring neighborhoods.”

After whittling down the field from nine proposals, they selected a net-zero prefab design submitted by Habitat for Humanity and Minarc, a Santa Monica–based architecture firm known for its innovative, energy-efficient kit houses. Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, like cement board cladding and Cradle to Cradle–certified panels, the firm’s three 1,200-square-foot homes came in at the requisite $150 per square foot—including foundation, trans- portation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels that offset 95 percent of the structures’ energy demands...


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Sustainable Affordable Housing in Santa Monica: Pico Place by Brooks + Scarpa

Sustainable Affordable Housing in Santa Monica: Pico Place by Brooks + Scarpa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Pico Place is a 32-unit affordable apartment building consisting of 2 and 3-bedroom units, featuring an interior courtyard that provides a pedestrian connection with Pico Blvd.

 

Sustainability is an important component, with appropriate shading, natural light and ventilation, along with proper building orientation to induce buoyancy and natural breezes. A green roof is positioned to contribute to the pedestrian nature of the street.

The exterior consists of recycled cement board siding in different colors and textures, creating a contextual and varies façade. Drought tolerant/native landscaping provides a rich living environment and provide a transition from the busy commercial area immediately to the west, to the residential district to the south and east...


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:51 PM

Perfectamente extrapolable a España.

Aditya Khanna's comment, September 12, 2013 3:31 AM
This looks amazing
Gabbie cbg's comment, September 13, 2013 12:59 AM
good looking.
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'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune

'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Stockholm-based studio claesson koivisto rune have has created 3 sleek typologies for prefabricated homes that draw from the distinctly scandinavian landscape and approach to efficient living.


The 'Tind' residences draw their name from the norwegian word for 'mountain peak', a concept informed by the remarkable lack of sharp pointed peaks in scandinavian mountain systems. The softened edges of the range lend the landscape a particular beauty that finds its way into the architecture in the form of a truncated, single pitch roof. Floor-grazing windows are relegated to major walls and all apertures lie flush with light-drenched interiors. Rather than a perforated volume, the home is a rhythmic composition of built material and void, and despite the various models of kit houses, every interior is organized by a central entrance way or staircase and seeks to blur notions of interior and exterior.

While prefabricated homes have many historical iterations, the architectural integrity of the 'Tind' series is preserved through culturally relevant approaches to living...


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Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design

Housing+ by C. F. Møller Architects: Zero-energy design | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

C. F. Møller Architects have designed a proposal for the pilot-project Housing+, for 60 zero-energy housing units on the Aalborg Waterfront. The design adhered to stringent energy goals through a combination of architectural design and user-focused technical innovation.

The Housing+ concept sets the ambitious target of a zero-energy housing scheme, which also includes the tenant’s primary household energy consumption. The complex will thus be 100% relying on renewables.

 


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GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini

GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini is a new interpretation of the modular housing suite that can be placed just about anywhere: from the woods to the beach to your own backyard. It’s small, a private retreat that acts as a sanctuary from the everyday for you or for guests that goes beyond the backyard shed: this one has a deck/patio area and a bathroom. Essentially, it’s a modular hotel room.


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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:25 AM

Been helping a buddy build his "mother-in-law" bungalow house for well over a year now, and can see that it would've been a whole lot less hassle to do one of these "Green Zero" designs, very elegant and simple  idea.

Barbara Dufrene Trapp's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:28 PM

Great idea!

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Absolutely Prefabulous: 10 Modular Homes

Absolutely Prefabulous: 10 Modular Homes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The benefits of using prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.

Using modular techniques for construction allows for stronger purchasing power. The process of building on site is also much quicker—and cheaper. Prefabrication is also greener since it uses computer technology to manufacture the modules, which creates 50% to 75% less material waste. The one limitation of prefabrication is that the pieces of the home need to be able to be shipped from the factory to the site of assembly.

But the benefits of prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.

 

Check out these 10 examples of prefab architecture at the link.


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ParadigmGallery's comment, September 1, 2013 1:11 PM
That was a wonderful prefab 101 for a novice like me! Thanks so much,,,
Jorge Forero's curator insight, September 4, 2013 1:45 PM

10 ejemplos de arquitectura modular, los invitamos a visitar http://inatechservices.com para conocer un poco más de arquitectura modular.

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Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects

Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved.

DGNB is a new green building certification system expected to become the scale for sustainability in Europe. DGNB-Certification focuses on three equally weighted parameters: Environmental-, Social- and economical sustainability, for a holistic evaluation of built projects.

In total, the project will have 24 single family homes, built around a shared courtyard to encourage community and shared resources. Passive solar design with optimized window and shade placement allows for passive cooling and heating. Energy efficient design, including a tight thermal envelope with energy saving systems reduces power consumption, while rooftop photovoltaics produce electricity. Green roofs protect the home and provide further insulation. A close connection with nature and gardens encourages residents to live off the land.

As Lendager Architects told us about the project, “We wanted to answer the questions of how we can build without affecting the environment, how we can build without using new materials, how we can build houses that produce more energy than they use, and how sharing becomes a natural part of the daily life.”
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A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

This year Istanbul Design Week goes back to the future with a very ambitious project: HavvAda, a cutting-edge net-positive-energy residential island conceptualized by New York-based Studio Dror.

HavvAda, will be built off the shore of Istanbul using excavated soil from a new massive canal planned between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.


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