The ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia (UVA) was established to create a series of ecological, modular and affordable house prototypes. The goal is to demonstrate the environmental and economic potential of prefabrication, and to challenge the modular and manufactured housing industry in the U.S. to explore this potential. In the context of this multi-year research and design / build / evaluate project, an interdisciplinary group of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, business, environmental science, planning and economics students are participating in the design, construction and evaluation phases of the project. The project is embedded in the curriculum of the university, and is intended to create well-built homes that cost less to live in, minimize damage to the environment, and appreciate in value.
Over the next several years, UVA students and faculty are providing several prefabricated housing units through partnerships with Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) of Charlottesville and Habitat for Humanity (HFH). PHA will sell three of the units to low-income families in the Charlottesville area with down payment and financing assistance. One single family house has been built in partnership with HFH for a family in Gautier, Mississippi displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Each completed house is to be monitored and evaluated carefully, with the results guiding the designs of subsequent houses.
|Keywords:||Prefabrication, Modular, Affordable Housing, Environmental Criteria, Sustainable Design, Architecture, Engineering|
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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