Energy-efficient Prefab House Built in Just Two Days

Modular One is a energy-efficient prefab house designed by Washington, DC architect Robert Gurney.Description by Robert Gurney: A successful builder/developer with a history of constructing modular houses purchased a lot in a desirable neighborhood near Washington, D.C. with the intention of building a spec house. When a potential buyer expressed interest in the lot, the developer proposed a modular house as a solution to a tight budget and time constraints.

However, the craftsman and colonial style modular houses typically built by the developer did not appeal to the potential client, who desired a light-filled, modern house.The house is designed to both fulfill the wishes of the clients and to provide the developer with a modern house typology that fills a void on their menu of modular houses. Relative to similarly sized custom houses in the expensive Washington, DC real estate market, this house is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable.bm Modular One is composed of thirteen modules and was constructed in two weeks in a plant in southern Virginia. It was then shipped to the site on flat-beds and assembled on-site within two days.

Energy efficient shells arrived to the site with windows, plumbing, electrical and HVAC ducting in place. The interiors were dry-walled and primed, ready for finishes. The foundation and basement were constructed with polished concrete floors on-site, while the modules were being fabricated off-site.

High energy-efficient goals are further enhanced as a result of a geothermal HVAC system, and tight, super-insulated, exterior floor, wall and roof systems.The house employs repeatable parts that can be combined into custom configurations. This is exemplified by the fact that the modules are arranged to meet restrictive zoning requirements on an irregularly shaped lot. The modules are delivered primed, yielding a blank canvas, and allow for the extent and level of finishes to remain flexible.

In this case, finishes include maple flooring, walnut millwork, aluminum stairs and other materials specific to this clients preferences, while large expanses of glass are designed to allow for varying orientations. The house brings together durable corrugated metal siding with stucco and Spanish cedar. The massing provides opportunities to combine several exterior materials so that the house can be adapted for different environments.The first of an undetermined amount of future versions, this house can be modified to meet differing clients needs and varying sites.

Both Modern and filled with light, the house employs all of the intended benefits of modular building without compromising proportion, light, scale and texture. [Photography by Maxwell MacKenzie]Subscribe to our Updates!Originally published at on September 21, 2015 RELATED QUESTION What are some unique types of office chairs?

In times where a professional seat has taken the front seat, most of us spend a significant part of our day at the office. Thus, it has to be stylish, comfortable and practical. Remember, your office speaks of you as a person and work, therefore, it has to be done meticulously.

Let the clients and visitors walk out impressed by the office interiors. The range of office chair choices available are sure to leave you confused, but here are few types of office chairs available to choose from:1.Big and tall office chairs:These chairs are comfy for employees who are little taller and heavier as they can take weights up to 300 pounds. They are made of sturdy material making them a little expensive but a lot safer.2.Club chairs:The club chairs are ideal for the reception area for the visitors as these are large arm-chairs that are well stuffed.

These are available in fabric, velvet, and corduroy. You can choose in different colors and designs keeping the office interiors in mind.3.Computer chairs:People are going to spend most working hours sitting on the computer chairs, to ensure that you pick them carefully. The back of the chair must be comfortable and provide rest to the people so that they don't have to take frequent breaks to stretch themselves.

They are available in different styles to choose from.4.Conference chairs:Conference room is the most important area of your office. This is the place where almost all business meetings and decisions are made. More than often this place is flocked by visitors and guests.

Thus, it is imperative to pick the office furniture with great care. Pick the chairs that are comfortable, stylish and add grace to the conference room. The upholstered conference chairs look great.5.Drafting Chairs and Stools:If you have always dreamt of stylish office interiors then there is nothing better than drafting chairs and stools.

These office chairs have no back and thus give you the freedom to sit on the chair in any direction as you like. These are not too high chairs and can be used at both regular and dining tables. These are ideal for group projects where all need to hunch around the single sheet.

These chairs are quite light and can be moved around easily. 6. Ergonomic Office Chairs:Are you looking out for ways to improve the efficiency of the office workers?

Then it is best to replace old office chairs with ergonomic office chairs. These chairs help in reducing the load on the neck, back and shoulders of the people and thus keep them hooked to work for longer hours. The mesh seat, air grid seat and adjustable lumbar support are added advantages.

No doubt, these benefits come at a little extra cost.7.Executive Office Chairs:These chairs feature tall back, natural leather, fine wood material, and many other adjustable features. These chairs are comfortable and have ergonomic seating facility and thus little expensive. Before buying these chairs check for the lumbar support, padded back, seat and armrest.

Also, adjustable height, tilt, and headrest are few other features that make these office chairs popular.8.Folding chairs:Folding chairs are gaining popularity as office furniture as they are great space savers. They help in keeping the office space neat and tidy. These chairs are made of heavy-duty folding chairs but yet light in weight.

You can remodel and redesign the office as per your convenience. These are also housekeeping friendly. 9.

Mesh Office chairs:These chairs are fast replacing the cushioned regular chairs. At first they may look like ordinary office chairs but actually, they are made of fabric that breathes. It is very comfortable and supports to your back.

You must pick the office chairs carefully to provide comfort and ease to the employees and add to the working environment.Benefits of an Ergonomic Chair in Office

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