Our friends over at Inhabitat took the opposite tack from our recent piece about the top 10 green skyscrapers and produced an article about the Top 5 Tiny Prefab Houses.
These include such standouts as the Microcompact Home (pictured) and the
Tiny Tumbleweed House. In addition to all the other wonderful features
they offer, these are especially green because of their small size.
Fewer materials used and less space to heat and cool means a smaller ecological footprint.
The Loftcube and the Weehouse (and probably the Microcompact Home, as well) are transportable, and suitable for installation on the roof of an existing building (think urban loft, not an addition on your neighbor's 50's ranch). (For extra geekiness points, they would probably be installed by cargo helicopter.) The Sustain Mini Home hosts a number of green features including no vinyl, no formaldehyde, natural ventilation, and FSC lumber, among others.
None of these is likely to be suitable for a family with children, but for one or two people, these may offer all the living space that they really need in a dynamic and attractive form.
written by Preston, June 30, 2007
written by venkatesh, December 02, 2008
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