JG : Growing Prefab into Green Apartments


Imagine stacking 50 to 100 prefabricated, modular units to create a high-tech, green, multifamily apartment building. That’s what Unico is all about. Over the last 18 months, Unico has been perfecting the development of a 20 x 40 foot box dubbed “Inhabit.” The company started with idea of using shipping containers, but they ditched that plan and decided to build the box from scratch for structural and acoustical reasons. They partnered with Mithun and Hybrid Architecture, both major innovators in the modern and green space.

The prototype units you see in the images were built by Transform LLC, and feature the following: double-paned, energy efficient windows; energy efficient heat pumps; dual-flush toilets; decking made of recycled plastic and cellulose; engineered wood floors and framing that use less first-generation wood; and flat roofs that will hold a green roof system to further reduce storm water runoff. Right now, Unico is looking to take the plunge on a good site in Portland and/or Seattle, and when they do, they’ll seek LEED certification on the boxes. Via Globe Street.




::article written by Preston, of Jetson Green – original article entitled Inhabit, Growing Prefab into Green Apartments. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays is a new feature you can find here every week – enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Posted: October 16th, 2007
at 9:28am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,pre-fab,green arch,housing

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  2. Have you seen the interiors yet? They’re really nice, I so want one of these! I wonder if the name was inspired by the Ihabitat blog?


    17 Oct 07 at 2:36 pm


  3. kudos to Unico! I am curious what size these things really are. They don’t look 20′ wide and the length looks significantly more than 2x width.


    6 Nov 07 at 11:17 am



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