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EASY LIVING
Homes of the future will use space efficiently and tread lightly on the landscape.


Case Study 1:
MD Residence: Santa Rosa, California
Kent Chilcott Studio


Airy Gem
Nestled in a small northern Californian wine grape-growing valley that enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, this 1,600 ft. gem (1 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath main house with detached 2 bedroom 1 bath and office) was one of ten projects selected in the my Marvin Architect’s Challenge 2010, sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors–that demonstrate architectural variety, exceptional design and execution, and inventive use of Marvin windows and doors.


Green Features:
> Reduced Materials
> Low-Impact Site Prep
> Rainwater Capture
> Low VOC Finishes
> Natural Ventilation (No A/C)
> Clustered Development


 


Case Study 2:
Chamfer Home: Athens, Greece
Stelios Chrysanthopoulos, Architect
www.s-archetype.com


Modern Attraction
Sporting a name inspired by the chamfered, whitewashed roofs on many Greek islands, especially in the Cyclades, Chamfer Home optimizes all usable spaces, offering most of the amenities of a larger home. With anodized aluminum as the exterior cladding, and polyisocyanurate spray foam insulation, Chamfer Home is produced in three modules, flat packed and ready to ship globally. “The owner can then easily do the assembling on his or her own, or with the help of a contractor in less than a week, by following our detailed instructions,” says the architect. First introduced in early 2009, a new version of Chamfer Home is in the works and is expected to hit the market by the end of 2011.


Green Features:
> Anodized Aluminum Cladding
> Solid Bamboo Interiors
> Avonite Counter and Sink
> Bamboo Cabinets
> Flexible Window Operation/Glazings


 


Case Study 3:
ContainerHome.Biz
Pat Russell, Designer
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
www.containerhome.biz


Self Contained
In February this year, ContainerHome.Biz launched sales of ready-to-use construction plans for housing, reusing ISO shipping containers.


The containers are prepped with rust-proofing and fire-proofing paint, and are then cladded. “We design our wall assemblies with proper flashing to shed water,” says Benjamín Saravia, the company’s sales representative, “plus sealants to prevent water infiltration in the form of water or vapor, and with the shell fully covered with polyurethane foam or insulative ceramic paint before the placement.”


ContainerHome’s premiere designs include the two-story Modern Home 2000 sq. ft. model and the 600 sq. ft. Gabriola Cottage. Saravia reports that several U.S. customers are in the process of getting permits to build their own models using the company’s plans.


Green Features:
> In-Floor Radiant Heat
> Recycled Shipping Container
> Passive Solar Design
> Eco-Friendly and Local Materials


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