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Located just outside of Washington, DC, the 3030 House is a specimen of modern simplicity, steel strength, pre-engineered speed, and energy-efficient green.  This model features 3-inch r-24 walls and a 4-inch r-32 roof.  It is also extremely space efficient, taking up only 30’X30′, hence the name 3030 House.  Designed by Greg La Vardera from LaMi Design, this house is at the intersection of quality and affordability, specifically when used multiple times in a development.  This is due to the minimalist design, the strength and durability of the materials, and the fast building system that it employs.

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This is a sneak peak into one of our most exciting projects.  We’ve finished the design and engineering and are just about to start the steel fabrication.  Called Cuna De Vida (Cradle of Life), this will be the ultimate sustainable luxury resort.  Located on a remote island off the pacific coast of Panama, this adventurous resort will be completely off-grid, relying completely on it’s own renewable energy production, water management, and organic farm.  Together with our green buildings, it will be a resort like no other.  More pics and info after the jump…

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To our readers, sorry for the short vacation.  We got busy with other business items as we often do.  However, in line with the promise I made you, here is another part of the DIY Network’s coverage of our EcoCottages.  This part of the show really illustrates how the steel in our system goes together.

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The following video is Part 1 of a series of 8.  Look for the other 7 at and in later posts.

A few years ago we built one of our EcoCottage models, the Nantucket, for the Peace River Shores, Florida community clubhouse after it was destroyed in a hurricane. DIY Network’s Assembly Required came along for the ride and filmed the four day build.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of the Cullen Ranch & Observatory.  It definitely gives a skewed look of the architecture, but what a beautiful location!  This contemporary ranch house, barn, and observatory is just about move-in ready.  More pictures after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a sneak peak of the Steamboat Springs, CO Aviator project.  This mixed-use facility will include 95,000 square feet of residential, office, and storage space.  The developers are aiming for LEED Gold certification and will receive a helping hand from EcoSteel in the form of (up to) 18 LEED credits (depending on total percentages and costs).

The project is currently in the final stages of permitting.  We expect to deliver steel sometime within the next 3 to 6 months pending approvals and a few more pre-sold units.  We’ll let you know when the schedule gets a little more concrete.

I’ve got to give a shout out to Preston over at Jetson Green (  Not only is he running one of the best green architecture blogs out there, but he’s also given our blog site it’s first press.  On day two of operations, that’s pretty cool.  Check out his site and stay updated on the latest of the green building movement.  In the mean time, he’s a little ahead of us and has posted about one of our upcoming mixed-use commercial/multi-family projects in Steamboat Springs, CO.  I’ll get started on letting you in on that little secret next.

This is another modern gem getting ready for Cusabo Island in South Carolina.  While the Venice Live/Work House is on stilts for a carport, the Cusabo Island Project is elevated due to it’s location.  This house will be constructed just upstream from the beach on a flood plane.  An interesting note: the lower deck, just off the ground, has been engineered to give way with the tide in an extreme flood.  This will keep the rest of the house standing strong.  That’s why I love steel engineering.  You can be ready for just about any natural disaster.

Along with our usual green credentials, high recycled content and awesome energy efficiency, this house will go up fast!  All of our buildings are designed with a pre-engineered steel frame.  That means it’s cut, welded, drilled, and ready to just bolt together by the time it arrives on site.  The framing process takes only days to complete.  Our roof and wall panels also save plenty of time.  They are insulated and factory finished upon arrival.  All you need to do is stand them up and screw them into place.  The tongue-and-groove panels install much like a hardwood floor, only vertically.  This also eliminates thermal gaps and (with special sealant) water-proofs the entire wall/roof.  All in all, the Cusabo Island Project is going to be one fast, tough, green, and modern house.  We’ll have construction photos within the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned.

One of the projects I’m most excited about is the Venice Live/Work House.  This is an ultra-modern dwelling with a small footprint designed by Lookinglass Architecture and Design.  Not only is it rather small, but it’s about as energy efficient as you can get.  The walls are our minimum R-value, at R-24 (based on their mild climate), with the roof at R-32.  As always, the steel frame is at least 76% recycled content.  So this will not only cut down on the energy bills (and related CO2 emissions), but it starts out with a low embodied energy.

This project has already passed California’s stringent codes and approval process and is ready to go.  We’re in the bidding process for a few contractors, so we’ll be rolling within the next several weeks.  We’ll keep you updated on the progress and start posting construction photos as soon as we can.