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Recyclable Mini House Assembles in Two Days

May 30th, 2015 Comments off

mini_house_jonas_wagell__gizmag__andy_liffnerSwedish architect Jonas Wagell has designed a modular home that is delivered flat-packed and requires only two days to assemble on site. The design includes an insulating polystyrene core clad with plywood or plastic laminate. The Mini House modules consist of prefabricated walls, framing, roofing and trim-less windows.

Wagell tells gizmag all the materials used in the construction can be recycled or combusted. The 161 square-foot modular does not require a building permit within Scandinavia, and the structure includes a 161 square-foot outdoor terrace with a pergola. Sliding glass doors open onto the terrace.

Updated versions will be available in several sizes ranging up to 753 square feet, and MHProNews has learned options will include energy efficient features as well as photovoltaic panels. ##

(Photo credit: gizmag/Andy Liffner–Mini House by Jonas Wagell)

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British Modular Firm Expanding into Energy Efficient, Affordable Housing

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

uk_modular__hulldailymail_uk__creditAccording to hulldailymail.uk, the East Yorkshire company Premier Interlink, which provided modular housing for the London 2012 Olympics, will deliver five of the first 22 affordable modular homes to the Great Thornton Estate later this month. The five energy-efficient homes feature communal rainwater harvesting tanks, triple-glazed windows and photovoltaic panels.

In recent years the company has provided a new birthing center for Scotland’s largest and busiest maternity unit, eight schools across Brent and Westminster, and a five-story, 240 bed dormitory for Newcastle, all modular.

Situated on the former Catfoss Airfield, Premier has seen business increase 50 percent if the last three years. Noting the company’s first foray into affordable housing, Divisional Director David Harris says, “We have been working with Jonathan Wilson from the Goodwin Development Trust for about 18 months to develop this product and we are very excited about how it fits in with the future of our business.

Currently the firm has 150 permanent employees, and expects to hire another 50 workers. As MHProNews has learned, the company has been obtaining contracts worth $1.5 million to $3 million, but anticipates projects valued at $9 milli0n to $30 million. ##

(Photo credit: hulldailymail.uk– Affordable modular home being readied for shipment.)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com   Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

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)