22 Sep '11, 7pm

These homes prove that modular designs can be ultra-green and ultra-stylish, too:

These homes prove that modular designs can be ultra-green and ultra-stylish, too:

Four Boxes and a Roof The net-zero Great Diamond features double 2x4 stud walls, creating ample insulation space and a thermal break. Credit: Trent Bell Screen Shot The Great Diamond’s airy screened porch, breezeway, and garage are prefab add-ons. Credit: Trent Bell Low-Carbon Copy Originally stick-built for real clients, this modular home merges middle-class affordability with net-zero status. Net zero–energy custom homes are common enough, but rarer is the architect-designed building that achieves net zero for $139 per square foot, including a 6-kW photovoltaic (PV) system and basic site and foundation work. Kaplan Thompson Architects, partnering with Keiser Homes, makes affordability its mission. Case in point: the Great Diamond, occupying the neglected middle ground between custom homes and basic modular products. “Custom homes typically start at $200 per square foot i...

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