As green architecture becomes more and more of a mainstream idea, more and more top architects are making sustainability and eco-friendliness a centerpiece of their business. One luminary leading the way is Kieran Timberlake, the American Institute of Architects' honored Firm of the Year for 2008. Timberlake has joined forces with developer LivingHomes to being good design and earth friendly construction to the masses with a new line of beautiful, functional prefabricated homes.
The homes, which debuted at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas last month, start at a mere $185 per square foot – an amazing price for a house designed by a top architect. These homes feature the same sleek finishes and clean lines you’d find in the most elegant modern abode. Yet the materials used are as green as they come, including engineered lumber and biocomposite wood siding (to save trees), recycled steel, tiles made of recycled glass and windows set in recycled frames. Of course, the most eco-friendly aspect of the homes is the prefabrication itself.
Constructing the elements of a house offsite in a factory setting takes half the time it would take to build a comparable home on site, saving water and energy and cutting down on waste and pollution. Single-family homes are available in sizes ranging from 1,020 to 2,500 square feet, and the firm’s townhouse style, multi-family homes are approximately 1500 square feet each.