Method Homes really packs in the green with latest prefab series
Attractive but not arresting in appearance, the Paradigm series of green prefabs from Seattle's Method Homes has the potential to achieve recognition from the world's toughest green building standard.
Tue, Dec 04 2012 at 10:15 AM
Although the big awards
have been handed out, the Twitter-based schmoozing has died down, and plenary speaker Cory Booker has since returned to Newark where he’ll be giving an EBT-based existence
a spin for the week, attendees of the 2012 Greenbuild International Expo & Conference
, held last month in San Francisco, may still be thinking of the only residential prototype structure to appear at this year’s event: Paradigm
, a deep green prefab from Seattle-based modular builder Method Homes
and New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects
. From the sounds of it, it's the kind of home that sticks with you.
I’ve made mention of or covered a handful of Method Homes projects in the past including the firm’s precision-built wilderness cabin/model home
and House of the Immediate Future
, an intriguing collaboration between Method, Muller Hull Partnership, and Habitat for Humanity King County/Seattle that was assembled near the foot of the Space Needle this past summer. When I first caught a glimpse of the renderings for Method Home’s latest series — and later photos
of the now-for-sale prototype Paradigm that appeared at Greenbuild — I didn’t think that much of the home, to be honest.
To be clear, I didn’t have a negative reaction — I just didn’t react strongly. Clad in red cedar and boasting a nice-sized deck, the Paradigm looks like a handsomely designed modern green prefab with a rectangular shape, small footprint (just 722 square feet), and, most notably, a solar array-supporting, wing-shaped corten steel extension jutting out from the roof above the wall of glass that comprises the front façade of the home. Sure, it's an attractive design, but the real power of Paradigm lies within the details.
Not only is the prototype Paradigm targeting LEED Platinum certification, but eligibility for six of the seven required “petals” of the uber-rigorous Living Building Challenge
(this depends on the home’s final install site). This is certainly the first time that I’ve heard of a modular home aiming for Living Building Challenge-dom. What’s more, Paradigm was designed as both a net-zero energy and net-zero water home. Impressive stuff.
Among the homes long list of sustainable specs are the aforementioned 4kW photovoltaic array from LG, bamboo flooring and cabinetry, an extensive rainwater harvesting system, a greywater recycling system, LED lighting, triple-glazed windows, a urine-diverting composting toilet, a home automation system, EnergyStar rated appliances (also from LG), heat recovery ventilation, a ductless mini-split HVAC system, triple-glaze windows, zero-VOC paints and finishes, and a super-insulated building envelope. The prototype also features some nifty transformative/multifunctional furniture from Resource Furniture
to help free up available living space within the home.
“Method is using this home to educate people on how achievable sustainable living is in today’s world,” said Method Homes co-founder Brian Abramson in a press statement
released prior to the Paradigm’s arrival at Greenbuild.
Lots more particulars over at Infiniti Real Estate and Development
. From what I last heard, the prototype is still on the market with an asking price of $249,000. Prices for the three Paradigm series homes from Method — available in 656 square foot, 1,312 square foot, and 1,868 square foot floorplans that range from one bed/one bath to 3 beds/2.5 baths — have not yet been released. The Paradigm is Method's eighth line of green prefabs following the decidedly more traditional Cottage series
Any Greenbuild attendees get the chance to check out the Paradigm prototype last month? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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