One of the truly wonderful events that occur bi-annually in this country is the Solar Decathlon (SD), an educational program of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and organized by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The few homes described here just scratch the surface of the incredible examples of prefabricated home design. But all of these houses are beautiful and reveal that prefabrication methods of construction offer an endless variety of design possibilities.
Exploring so many examples of extraordinary international home design, I discovered there is much the construction world can share and learn from each other across borders.
Sometimes a home's exterior can be, well, misleading. And usually that's a bad thing, but sometimes there is an exception. That's the case with the portable home PH80 designed by Spanish architecture firm baton.
For more than two decades the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry was an IT laggard. Enter Gehry Technologies, a startup co-founded by leading architect Frank Gehry.
High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, the crumbling cow shed was far from the conventional image of luxury estate.