I was impressed with the Zero Energy Home you wrote about. Quite spendy, though. Thought you’d be interested in hearing about this brand new green and sustainable living concept on the market that was invented in Oregon. It’s called the NW Modern from ideabox and the man who created this home was also the brains behind the e-rated appliances, the predecessor to the Department of Energy’s Energy Star Program.
It is is sustainable and green in both building materials and construction. For the environmentally responsible consumer this cabin is cool and sleek. I mean we’re talking living large here in 400 sq. feet of luxury in a clever high end pre-fab home with a very intelligent design. It’s definitely on the affordable side, too, with homes starting at $74,500.
The research I’ve done shows that ideabox uses environmentally friendly products and construction with wireless technologies. I’ve heard that you can live large in a small space, so ideabox must’ve worked off of that concept! We’re considering it for my mother-in-law who wants to live on our property.
Here is some more information I found on how environmentally friendly ideabox is…
• Wireless technology because power lines are SO last year.
• Standing seam metal roofing – sustainable and fire retardant.
• Fiber-cement siding for low maintenance.
• Galvalume corrugated metal siding for an industrial look and efficient construction.
• Bamboo flooring because it’s sleek and renewable.
• Energy Star appliances and lighting for the best in energy efficiency.
• Marmoleum countertops, made from renewable resources.
• Fully insulated walls for maximum energy efficiency.
• Energy-efficient ENERGY STAR labeled windows to regulate temperature.
• Less than 2% construction waste because materials are ordered to size.
• Low volatile organic compound paints for better, healthier indoor air.
• Duo-flush toilets for water efficiency.
• Day lighting; windows in all exterior walls and interior re-lite strategies.
• Tankless water heaters to reduce electricity use.
Check it out at http://www.ideabox.us. Pretty neat concept.
Perhaps not a solution for everyone but might well be a viable solution for some. I’ve added IdeaBox to the sidebar resources. Thank you.