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Nov 12, 2011 1:18PM
EARTH SHIPS, The true green house.
Nov 12, 2011 8:52AM

The article headline is correct. I would never have guessed that the M Finity Micro Shed was a pre-fab. I thought someone pulled a toll booth off the freeway and sold it to some gullible, educated idiot.


Some of the other houses need to be built on an acre of land they are so spread out. Really nice use of wasted space. I'm sure none of these are houses of the future. The distorted outside of one of these barns looks like an architect was on medicinal pot. These make a geodesic dome look conventional in a New England Colonial styled neighborhood.

Nov 12, 2011 5:46AM
Why is it that Americans have to define things in a word like "green"?  There is nothing green about what they are calling "green"!  Just say what you have to say and quit being so lazy with speech these days.  For crying out loud everyone!  There are 5,000 or so acronyms for the Dept. of Family and Social Services alone!  Are Americans just to lazy these days to say an ENTIRE name or phrase or what.  Do you realize how many various departments and agencies with their own special acronyms.  The word "Green" is just as bad!  JUST SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY AND QUIT WITH THE "new language" cliches!
Nov 12, 2011 5:40AM

I cannot believe ANYONE would pay the prices they ask for those "mobile homes", so called "prefab" or whatever!  Look at how the glass windows let all of the heat out.  Some idiot designed those unfit things.  I wish they had everyones electic bills!  People need to stop and THINK before they design something so UNSAFE and STUPID!!!!!

Looks ok, but not worth a crap!!!!!

Oct 19, 2011 8:46PM
For the First living home post, LEED Platinum is a great accomplishment, but I worry that there might be confusion with the "living building challenge" that challenges LEED and pushes the envelope.  For more information check out ilbi.org There are homes, sewage treatment plants, and huge office buildings being built that are net-zero energy users, that harvest all of their own rainwater, capture the sun's energy, and so much more.  
it means ice cube....that's what I see.
Oct 19, 2011 4:40PM

Not a word about Passive House Institute. LEED is a burdensome, beaurocratic process and nothing compared to passive house standards.


The new middle class, if it does to not go extinct, will rely upon net zero homes and vehicles to maintain their standard of living.

Oct 19, 2011 3:46PM
do you think i am going to spend 400.000 for a prefab home are you crazy; where are your value for that i will build a house
Oct 19, 2011 2:04PM

I agree with John Lyons kykloupes, what good does it do to show these homes to the public if we can't purchase them or we can't have one of these WONDERFUL GREEN energy efficient home built on our own property if we have some or buy a lot to build on. Would love to have the model "The Holy Cross Project prefab home as a beach house.

This looks and sounds JUST like something the government would put out ...PREACH... PREACH... PREACH it to you and force you to GREEN up the home you have now knowing it is going to cost you 10's of thousands of dollars to do but offer you a better product ....RIGHT!! Can anyone SPELL Solyndra Solar Company????

Oct 19, 2011 1:59PM
All I can say is thank god for the Sim's 2 and the Sim's 3.Funny enough I seen these house when I first played the Sim's 2 4 years ago.
Oct 19, 2011 1:47PM
you know looks pretty and modern,put the most is save energy !!!!!!
Oct 19, 2011 1:18PM
You're kidding right?  It's energy efficient because during the daylight you have no reason to turn your lights on.  I ran some lights 2 months ago during the day instead of relying on window light and it was $97.  Not turning on the lights during the day except for entering rooms without windows like our kitchen and bathroom, our bill was $55.  Imagine if you didn't have to turn the lights on at all during the day how much you'd save.  That's how a building with windows for walls is energy efficient.
Oct 19, 2011 1:12PM
What good do these do when they are prototypes for some award? If the industry is not available for mass construction, then it is already dead on arrival no matter how wonderful it is. Would have been nice to see som econtact info and prices!

Oct 19, 2011 12:26PM
Trailers never were modular. What a dumb article. Where are the prices of these homes? Building a desert home with windows for walls does not look to be energy efficient.
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