When you start to think about downsizing you may want to consider modular construction if you are building. At Greenbuild this year, the Green Zone exhibited a wonderful option.
The Greenbuild Cabin, designed by Resolution:4 Architecture and built by Simplex Homes, was an excellent example of more efficient living similar to the types of residential options you would see at the Solar Decathlon. Attendees at Greenbuild could see products at work in a modular one-room retreat that was aesthetically very pleasing.
The 806-square-foot cabin is designed to have a strong connection to the exterior, with abundant natural lighting achieved through low-e, Argonne-filled, double-pane glass. With a LEED Platinum certification as the goal, the cabin employs a number of green technologies, including rainwater collection, a greywater system, photovoltaic array, EPDM rubber membrane roofing system and a super-insulated envelope.
The cabin houses a fully functional kitchen and, through its creative use of space and natural lighting, invites residents to live large.