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$2,500 Bamboo and Wood House Measures 861 Square Feet

June 25th, 2015 Comments off

cambodia framework project   building trust internatinal  creditCambodia’s two-story pilot Framework House, built of bamboo and wood, was initially aimed at families afflicted with HIV who are in poor health, but will now be targeted generally to those with low incomes. A collaboration of Atelier COLE, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia and Building Trust International, the family for whom it’s intended gets to choose the layout they need. For example, they might want it to double as a small store or for keeping livestock.

Costing $2,500 (USD), gizmag tells MHProNews the 861 square foot sustainable home features recyclable material for insulation: earth bags, plastic bottles and clay bricks were used on the ground floor, while wattle and daub, split and woven bamboo insulate the top floor. A small solar panel provides sufficient electricity for charging a mobile phone or using a water pump, while a solar powered light illuminates the inside.

Operable shutters provide ventilation and the large overhanging roof feeds into two separate water cachements tanks for cooking, drinking and washing. Local builders and local materials are used throughout. The home is elevated because of flash flooding. ##

(Photo credit: Building International Trust)

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

Aussie Modular Home is Extremely Green

June 3rd, 2015 Comments off

ecoliv_modular__australia__treehugger__creditAustralian modular builder Ecoliv built a show home for the 2014 Sustainable Living Festival, according to treehugger. It features numerous green attributes including a vertical garden at the front entryway, a dry-tolerant garden fed with greywater and water cachement, a 2 kilowatt grid-connected solar system and solar hot water, electric car charging and high efficiency appliances.

Most North American modular builders build with plywood, MDF board and particle board, but Ecoliv uses Foilboard which insulates and does not have any formaldehyde. Even the sustainably harvested timber framing has a low formaldehyde content, and the finishes are all low VOC. The active and passive air circulation systems pass air through strategically placed louvred windows to insure air quality.

The structure achieves an eight star rating on the Australian system, whereby, as MHProNews understands, the potential thermal comfort of Aussie homes are measured on a scale from zero to ten stars—the higher the number of stars, the less likely the need for a heating or cooling system to remain comfortable. ##

(Photo credit: treehugger/Ecoliv–energy efficient modular home)

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Off Grid Tiny Modular Home Transports Readily

October 21st, 2014 Comments off

lucas_brown__tiny_home_lbdandf.com__creditStudents at Green Mountain College in Vermont, guided by Professor Lucas Brown, began working on tiny homes several years ago and have now developed OTIS—Optimal Traveling Independent Space—70 square feet of modular living space, easily suitable for one, that fits on a 5′ X 8′ utility trailer and can be towed by a large four-cylinder vehicle.

With environmental sustainability as the backdrop, the 16 students in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design class (REED) included a composting toilet, a single 120-watt solar panel for electricity, water cachement and a small wood stove for heat and cooking. Making it if off-grid allows travel for the modular most anywhere.

The windows are made of polygal, which has a higher R value than single paned glass, and the

lucas brown  treehugger com  credit  tiny pod housetransparent shell, which brings in natural light, utilizes the same material as found in insulated Kalwall panels. The curved wood struts that provide the frame for the tiny home are milled on computer-controlled equipment for precision. The students researched, designed and built the home in 15 weeks.

As Brown tells MHProNews, noting that Millennials are shying away from the suburbs: “The appeal of living a smaller and more nomadic lifestyle represents a new take on the American Dream, especially among students in this millennial generation. They (students) aren’t interested in being tied down with rent or a mortgage right after college. Something about having their own living space which is very low maintenance and very mobile suggests a different set of priorities.” Student Adam Zais, from Wisconsin, says, “Things like this–even if it doesn’t change the world, it’s helping to change our ways of thinking and that’s important.” Brown says the house would sell for $8,000-$10,000. ##

(Top photo credit:  lbdandfdesign.com–Bottom: treehugger.com

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Modular Dwelling is Self Sufficient in Australian Outback

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Australian_modular_by_Modscape__inhabitat_comThis off-the-grid modular retreat in Victoria, Australia is equipped with solar panels, a septic tank and rainwater cachement to minimize environmental impact.

Commissioned by a businessman who spends much of his time away, the 1,033 square-foot dwelling by modular builder Modscape is made to withstand extended periods of vacancy, requiring minimal and easy maintenance, according to inhabitat.

Set on the Murray River, the dwelling is wrapped in new zincalume topped by a layer of recycled zincalume. MHProNews has learned separately zincalume is an alloy combination of 45 percent zinc and 55 percent aluminum that reflects the heat of the sun in the summer, and retains generated heat in the winter for warmth. ##

(Editor’s Note, a U.S. near off the grid MH is linked here.)

(Photo credit: inhabitat – modular dwelling by Modscape)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com(Submitted by Matthew J. Silver to the Daily Business News-MHProNews) 

Manufactured Housing Remains as Preferred Pre-Fab

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

As part of their Prefabricated Housing—Global Strategic Market Report, researchandmarkets.com states the manufactured homes segment of the industry accounts for ten percent of housing starts in the U. S., and contributes significant revenues to the entire housing industry, especially since shipments began rising in 2011. While low housing costs particularly for singles, young marrieds and seniors are currently driving the demand for manufactured homes, lack of retail financing is the greatest challenge to the segment, as MHProNews knows. Similar to other industries, the prefabricated housing market is moving in the direction of low carbon footprints, with solar energy, water cachement devices and energy efficient windows and insulation as it also seeks a “greener” identity. Currently the U. S. and Europe have the lion’s share of the prefabricated housing market, although Australia and New Zealand markets are growing. In the future, burgeoning demand for affordable housing is expected in China, Korea, India and Taiwan as the compounded growth rate reaches 4.4 percent through 2017, according to the report.

(Photo credit: mobilehomeliving.org–Australia manufactured home)