Prefab builder Method Homes partnered with Bogue Trondowski Architects for their Paradigm model, a 722-square-foot home that features all the bells and whistles of a deep-green design: composting toilet, graywater system, high-efficiency floor-to-ceiling windows by Western Window Systems, solar panels, LED lighting, bamboo flooring, and more. We especially loved the integration of space-saving Murphy bed from Resource Furniture. The house has some mighty fine detailing on the exterior, namely a perforated Cor-Ten sun screen and wooden protrusions that make the facade more visually appealing than most modular construction. The full-scale prototype is on view at Greenbuild outside of Moscone North.
Indow Windows has a decidedly low-tech alternative for creating a more energy efficient home: custom window inserts that are just as efficient as double-pane windows but at one-fifth the cost, says founder Sam Pardue (a bit of trivia: he's also one of the Lensbaby cofounders). Essentially an acrylic panel wrapped in a compression tube, the window fits pops into the interior of an existing window, forming an air-tight seal.