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Q: What’s wee, made of straw bale, and awesome?

Posted on | February 3, 2010 | 4 Comments

A:  The ModCell Straw-Bale Pre-Fab home!

Image courtesy of Inhabitat

File this under “better late than never”… I just learned about this house and knew I had to talk about it here because it embodies many of the things that I love in one tidy, very livable package.  Observe:

  1. It’s a house, which is great, since I love house design;
  2. It’s made of straw bales, which are sustainable, renewable, AND energy efficient with proper installation;
  3. It’s pre-fab, which is super cool because pre-fabricated designs cut down on job site waste and allow for easier manufacturing recycling;
  4. It’s small, and compact, and cute, which means it’s got a lower carbon footprint (although the cuteness doesn’t contribute to that, it’s just a bonus);
  5. AND it meets PassivHaus standards, which is about as close as you can get to a net-zero energy house.

I mean, this is pretty awesome, right?  And it’s a good looking little house.  The only problem I’m seeing is that ModCell is a UK company which makes it nearly impossible to build the cute goodness in your pre-selected plot, if you live in the United States, that is.  Which is not to say that you couldn’t send the cuteness over on a giant cargo ship, it’s just that the adorable-ness becomes slightly less so when you realize how much fuel you had to use getting it States-side (think of how much carbon you burn when you get a on a plane to take a short flight, then multiply that by like, oh, 10,000*).

*(I’m exaggerating, I don’t actually know what kind of carbon footprint a trip on a cargo ship would yield.  I have to believe it’s bigger than having it built down the street, though).

So, here’s to hoping that ModCell partners up with an American manufacturer to begin more “local” production of it’s pre-fab wonder so that some of us can get our hands on this wee, energy-efficient, awesomeness.

Here's another photo of it because it's cool; image courtesy of Inhabitat



4 Responses to “Q: What’s wee, made of straw bale, and awesome?”

  1. Finlay White
    February 5th, 2010 @ 3:30 am

    I am part of the ModCell team. Thanks for the positive comments.
    We are looking to expand/licence ModCell into other countries. the USA is certainly on our list but we are not sure of timescales yet.
    If you keep an eye on our website for updates.
    All the best

  2. Bonnie D
    March 2nd, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    Emily, we sent a message to this company volunteering to be a prototype for them in the U.S. We are still very interested in building a straw bale home. Bonnie & Sue

  3. emKem
    March 2nd, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Hooray! Keep me posted!

  4. dig this
    July 31st, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    Sharing some thing is better than keeping up-to our self, thus the YouTube video that is posted at this time I am going to share through my family and mates.

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