Posts Tagged ‘flexibility’

Modular Entry in Solar Decathlon

September 27th, 2013 Comments off

The Missouri University of Science and Technology entry in the U. S. Solar Decathlon 2013 competition adapts to the environment for sustainable efficiency. The modular Chameleon House relies on innovative engineered radiant systems incorporating solar thermal and roof mount collectors, ventilation and heat recovery. The adaptable partition wall with an open floor plan and reconfigurable cabinets in the kitchen add to the interior’s flexibility. As informs MHProNews, a south-facing solarium expands the living space into the outdoors. When the competition is completed, the modular house will be returned to campus to raise awareness of solar energy, joining the previous entries in the competition from four previous entries.

(Photo credit:–modular Chameleon House)

Multifamily Construction Leading the Recovery

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) informs MHProNews multifamily will continue to lead the recovery of the overall housing market in the coming years, now standing at 70 percent of the way back to a sustainable level. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe says, “We are forecasting construction of 299,000 new multifamily residences in 2013. While this is an improvement from just a few years ago, it is still well below the 350,000 units that are required to keep supply and demand in balance.” Although tight credit continues to be somewhat of an obstacle, as does the rising cost of building materials, Lance Swank of the Sterling Group in Mishawaka, Ind. says, “The market continues to improve as new household formations generate demand, especially in the market-rate rental segment. There is also a change in attitude toward renting—people like the flexibility it gives and the option to be able to easily move to another city or state for a job opportunity.”

House Designed, Built on Site

August 29th, 2012 Comments off

Using a 3D computer model to design every aspect of a house, Facit Homes brings its high-tech machine to a site where it fabricates a digitally designed dwelling on the spot to the homeowners exact specifications, down to the placement of every electrical outlet. Gizmag tells MHProNews utilizing a compact computer controlled cutter to slice the engineered spruce plywood sheets to desired dimensions provides on-site quality control, predictability, cost effectiveness, speed, a low carbon footprint and flexibility. Claiming to be the first company in the world to digitally fabricate a home on site, each Facit home is airtight by virtue of a thermal envelope, and can be outfitted with a solar thermal system and photovoltaic panels. The 2,153 square foot home shown needs only four kW for the heating system.

(Photo credit: Bridget Borgobello/Gizmag)