Modular prefab home going up in Portland this summer

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The Homb, designed in partnership with Skylab Architecture and Method Homes, was designed to minimize waste and promote green living. Click on the image to see more.
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The Homb, designed in partnership with Skylab Architecture and Method Homes, was designed to minimize waste and promote green living. Click on the image to see more.

A partnership between Skylab Architecture and Method Homes resulted in Homb, a new kind of green home that's completely modular and built in a factory. Portland will get its first Homb this summer.

Portland-based Skylab, designers of such notable night spots as the Doug Fir Lounge on the east side and Departure downtown atop the Nines Hotel, designed the Homb building out of 100 square-foot modules that can be stacked and assembled to meet height and square footage requirements.

Seattle-based Method Homes is the pre-fabricated builder. The design minimizes waste and recycling needs at the factory. All of Method's designs emphasize sustainable buildings including nontoxic materials, insulation to improve efficiency and other water and energy conservation measures.

The first Portland Homb, going up in North Portland starting next month, will be built out of 28 triangle units for a total of 3,930 square feet. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof.

Prefab homes, which supporters say greatly reduce the waste and carbon impacts of the building process, are gaining popularity among the eco- and design-conscious. This spring, Salem-based Ideabox made waves with its Activ home, designed in partnership with Ikea.

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