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.

We’re EcoSteel and this is our project showcase blog.  We’ve barely started in this format (look for our current blog at goshawkranch.blogspot.com) so stay tuned for rapid updates on several projects we’ve got going up now.  We’re a steel building systems provider and we specialize in fast, efficient, and durable building for commercial, multi-family, and custom residence purposes.  The buildings you’ll see in the future all feature at least 76% recycled steel frames, at least R-24 walls, at least R-32 roofs, and at least hundreds of trees saved.  Check out our website at www.ecosteel.com for more information.