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2011 Solar Decatholon modular and prefab home winners

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Maryland Team US DOE Solar Decathlon 2011 overall winnerCleantechnica reports on the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon held in the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The homes featured were modular and prefabricated housing solar powered designs. The overall winner was Team Maryland (University of Maryland), as shown in the photo. “Maryland is a well-experienced team. After taking second place in 2007, they rested and regrouped in 2009 and came to West Potomac Park in 2011 focused and determined to win,” said Solar Decathlon Director Richard King. “In addition, Maryland’s Watershed is a beautiful house, judged first place in Architecture, which also performed impeccably in measured contests. This team mastered their strategies to ensure they excelled in all 10 contests.” Maryland won overall and in architecture. Communications: Middlebury College. Affordability: Team Belgium AND Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens University (Tie).  People’s Choice Award: Appalachian State. Market Appeal: Middlebury College. Engineering: New Zealand. Home Entertainment: Middlebury College. Appliances: Illinois. Hot Water: New Zealand, Tennessee, Parsons NS Stevens, Appalachian State, Maryland, Ohio State, SCI-Arc/Caltech (7-Way Tie). Comfort Zone: Ohio State. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu office announced the overall final standings as follows:

1. Maryland
2. Purdue
3. New Zealand
4. Middlebury College
5. Ohio State
6. SCI-Arc/Caltech (tie)
7. Illinois
8. Tennessee
9. Team Massachusetts
10. Canada
11. Florida Int’l
12. Appalachian State
13. Parsons NS Stevens
14. Tidewater Virginia
15. Team China
16. Team Belgium
17. Team New York
18. Team New Jersey
19. Team Florida

(Editor’s note: For 5 previous articles and a video on this contest, put the keywords 2011 Solar Decathlon into the search box near the top right of the Daily Business News page.)

(photo credit: cleantechnica)

3twenty somethings stack container housing and growing results

October 3rd, 2011 Comments off

3twenty - Canadian container housing company - credit PostmediaNewsFinancialPost reports that Saskatchewan based 3twenty – which uses shipping containers as transportable and stackable housing units – is making diversity, a Google-like culture and solution oriented youthfulness pay dividends. Evan Willoughby, Channing McCorriston, and Bryan McCrea teamed with W. Brett Wilson to launch the start up firm.  Their target market is large and growing, with some 20,000 beds needed in Saskatchewan mine sites alone in the next three years, plus other projects on their radar in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. 3twenty designs, builds and installs their transportable container housing units, operating an 11,000-square-foot shop where 10 to 15 people work daily. They are learning management on the fly, and judging from results, successfully so.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, 3twenty outfitted an entire mining camp and has sold two additional camps for $1-million in gross revenue in the first third of 2011. Focused on building relationships with corporations that have global operations, 3twenty is on track to hit $2.5-million to $3-million in sales by year’s end.  50% to 70% of the team are aboriginal, seeking to model Google’s culture.  The average age on the team is 26.  The company won the inaugural Idea Challenge sponsored by the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.

(Photo credit: PostmediaNews)

Washington DC Modular/PreFab Home 2011 Solar Decathlon video report

September 29th, 2011 Comments off has been reporting recently on some of the entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon that is taking place on the National Mall in Washington DC. Once every two years, the Solar Decathlon competition takes place. Teams in the 2011 Solar Decathlon include entries from California, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Belgium, Canada, China and New Zealand, to name a few. These homes are made using prefabricated (pre-fab) or modular construction, and must be all electric, transportable and must be solar powered. This video report gives you a quick sense of some of the forward thinking ideas and innovations that could shape and influence the factory built housing market for years to come. The Solar Decathlon also is a platform that makes factory built homes

(Video credit: Inhabitat and YouTube)

Modular Homes Part of Large Subdivision in Canada

April 4th, 2011 1 comment

The Estevan Mercury says a new subdivision being planned to meet the housing needs of Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, will have a mix of conventional and modular homes in various styles.  Located just north of the North Dakota line, the initial phase of the Meadows of Estevan calls for 100 home sites to be ready by the fall.  Newport Developments says many of the homes will be upper level, but there will be some more affordable homes, as well as a number of rental units.  The initial homes will be ranch-style four-plexes.  The city must still approve the plans, but Newport General Manager Jeff Werhun says discussions are going well.

A Report from the Great Green North

January 23rd, 2011 Comments off
Unlike the manufactured housing industry in the United States, the market for manufactured homes in Canada remains rather prosperous by comparison. A Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) report for the 3rd quarter of 2010 shows some 3,608 factory-built single-family homes were started in the third quarter, representing a 17 percent improvement over the same period in 2009; and that factory-built homes have started to improve as a share of total single- family housing starts. In raw numbers, that may not immediately impress, but consider the population variation. The population of Canada is approximately 33,700,000, compared to some 307,000,000 in the U.S. The healthy market has attracted a number of U.S. companies to become certified to do business in Canada where communities are being updated and renovated. There are also important distinctions in the market that some credit with the success of the industry in our northern neighbor. Kathleen Maynard, executive director and CEO of the CMHI, spoke with about some of the differences between the market and regulatory environment in the U.S. and Canada. Look for the full report in the coming days at

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Alberta Prices Continue to Climb

January 12th, 2011 Comments off

From Alberta, Canada comes news that despite a slower market, housing prices are on the rise. The Quesnel Cariboo Observer reports that the median value of the 115 single family homes sold in Quesnel 2010 was $181,000. In addition, 21 parcels of vacant land, 53 homes on acreage, 27 manufactured homes in communities and a further 26 on land were reported sold in 2010. The report indicates that in the 100 Mile House area, 351 properties worth $66.9 million were sold this year through MLS, down from 369 properties worth $76.3 million in 2009. Forty-two parcels of vacant land, 85 homes on acreage, 15 townhomes, 31 manufactured homes in communities and a further 38 manufactured homes on land were also sold in 2010.

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