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SEATTLE, WA– Seattle-based prefab builder Method Homes announces it will Professional Builder’s 2012 Green Zone display house for U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild exposition. Greenbuild is the world’s largest convention on sustainability dedicated to green building. This year’s event takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from November 14–16, 2012.

The display home designed by Bogue Trondowski Architects will be the only residential structure to appear at the conference and acts as a prototype for Paradigm, a new series of prefab homes built by Method. At just 722 square feet, the modular home demonstrates how the efficiency of living within a small footprint can be blended with the comfort of modern amenities. “Method is using this home to educate people on how achievable sustainable living is in today’s world,” says Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes.


The prototype is being built to some of the country’s highest environmental standards. “Paradigm is Method’s most sustainable model to date,” says Abramson. “We are very excited to push the sustainable envelope on prefab with Professional Builder at Greenbuild.” The prototype will be Net Zero energy and water, and, in addition, is targeting several leading environmental certifications, including LEED Platinum and eligibility for 6 of 7 petals of Living Building Challenge. Method is closely tracking its waste generated and is targeting 98%-99% landfill diversion during construction.

Method has collaborated with a number of green building industry manufacturers and consultants to showcase super efficient systems and products, including a greywater reuse system, composting toilet, rainwater harvesting, zero VOC paints and finishes, ductless mini split HVAC system, heat recovery ventilation, LED lighting, and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances and electronics. An LG photo voltaic solar array on the roof will generate power during the event and the home’s energy consumption versus generation will be tracked during the show.

“This project reflects LG’s commitment to protecting the environment through developing and manufacturing innovative, energy-efficient products, which are integral elements of Method Homes’ exciting new Paradigm residential prototype,”said Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA. “From LG ENERGY STAR® certified appliances and TVs to our highly efficient HVAC system and our solar array on the prefab roof, LG is proud to participate in this landmark project being launched at Greenbuild 2012.”

Paradigm’s design maximizes the sense of spaciousness inside with connection to the outside. “We want to show that sustainability goes hand-in-hand with beautiful spaces and inspiring design,” says Bogue Trondowski, principal of Bogue Trondowski Architects. The interior volume is left open without partitions other than those separating the bath and mechanical room from the living space. The large-scale sliding doors extend from floor to ceiling, allowing the space to literally flow unto the deck, reinforcing the perception of expansiveness and the connection to the environment.

Space saving furniture systems from Resource Furniture include a freestanding, transforming wall bed/sofa system; a coordinating Home Office that folds to less than fourteen inches deep when not in use; a console table that expands into a dining table for twelve; and an ottoman that converts to five seats.

Cladding materials—reclaimed cedar and corten steel—do not require maintenance and anchor the building to the environment, allowing it to age gracefully into its surroundings. Finally, the CNC cut corten wing, which supports the photo voltaic array, also acts as a screen modulating interior day lighting and regulating heat loads by minimizing the unwanted summer mid-day sun while allowing the low winter sun to heat the interior.

Method Homes will offer a preview of the home at their factory in Ferndale, Washington, on Saturday, November 3. Paradigm will be open for public tours outside San Francisco’s Moscone Center on November 14 and 15th during Greenbuild.

Sponsors
2020 Engineering, American Solar, AO Smith, Bamboo Hardwoods, Big Ass Fans, Cascadia, Certainteed, Daltile, Flotender, Green Zone, Hans Grohe/Axor, Housingzone.com, Infinity Drain, Insulfoam, Juno Lighting Group, Linnea, LG Electronics and Appliances, Lutron, Maze Nails, Mecho Systems, O’Brien and Company, Panasonic, Principle Water Resources, Inc., Resource Furniture, Roseburg, Sherwin Williams, SIGA, Sprint, Squak Mountain Stone, Sun Mar Centrex, Sunmodo, Sunnyside Organics, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Thermafiber, Urbanata, Water Storage Tanks,Inc., Western Window Systems.

About Method Homes
Method Homes (Method) is a custom manufacturer of precision-built prefabricated structures. The company offers both pre – designed models and fully custom prefabrication of any design by any architect. Founded with a mission of adding innovation to the future of construction, Method is guided by the core value of thoughtful, sustainable design. Prefabrication allows Method to reduce construction timelines and control costs while building custom projects in a controlled environment, minimizing exposure and waste. As such, Method can focus on sustainability and cutting edge design. Method’s homes ship 80 to 95% complete, resulting in project timelines of 2 to 5 months.

About Bogue Trondowski Architects
Bogue Trondowski Architects has ongoing projects in the United States as well as abroad, all linked by respect for context and the principles of sustainable design. Founded by architect Bogue Trondowski, the firm prides itself on bringing youth and energy to each of its commissions. Their aesthetic is one of restraint combined with generous spaces. The firm has established relationships with respected engineering firms and construction consultants that allow for innovative design backed up by solid experience.

About USCBC @Greenbuild
USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, a vast exhibition floor, green building tours, special seminars and networking events. Greenbuild 2012 is bringing technology and sustainability together in the global green movement. The 2011 show was held on Oct. 4-7, 2011, in Toronto, Canada, drew more than 23,000 attendees and featured more than 1,700 exhibit booths.