Clemson University’s School of Architecture has created an innovative new construction method that is gaining worldwide attention for its potential market impact in rapid, low-tech sustainable housing. “With a click of the button, someone could order a custom-cut, flat-packed home online and construct it by hand with the help of their friends and neighbors in a matter […]
Think of it as a life-size LEGO house. Only this more-than-8,000 piece set isn’t available in stores. At least not yet. But if Clemson University and Fine and Small Homes in North Charleston have anything to do with it, DIY energy-efficient modular housing might actually become a thing of the future. Clemson faculty and students envision homes like Indigo Pine – the university’s prototype energy-efficient modular home which is being showcased this month in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif. – being the future of housing in years to come.
A group of Clemson students and professors have spent the last two years designing and building a three-bedroom, low-environmental-impact, net-zero, solar home — called Indigo Pine — that is put together like a jigsaw puzzle. And it has a very distinctive Southern feel — front porch included.