Yesterday's New York Times featured an affordable (for the Hamptons) pre-fab home as a prototype which the architect, Laszlo Kiss, will live in with his wife. The design has standard design elements such as a front and back cedar porch, and a translucent pergola, but what makes it special is its green features:
- Geothermal heating system
- Solar PV panels that will provide electricity and sell back excess power to the grid
- Light fixtures what will only accept CFLs
- Five sets of sliding glass doors and L-shaped windows which will allow passive solar heat
One of my favorite things about the house is that it is designed to make flexible use of space and is generous with its inclusion of storage. Oh yeah, and it can be assembled quickly right from the factory. "The Kiss House design is 'exactly the kind of innovative thinking we need to make green homes that large numbers of people can embrace and afford,' said Neal Lewis, president of the Neighborhood Network of Long Island, a nonprofit alternative energy organization.'" Treehugger shows the house layout and this image in their coverage of this article.