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Video: Walkthrough of Smart, Small Footprint, Net Zero, Prefab Living

Green Builder Media has launched The Align Project, a one-year demonstration project designed to challenge entrenched ideas about how we live in the U.S. and offer suggestions for how we can align our lifestyles with our changing socio-economic and environmental realities. Check out this video walkthrough of the cornerstone of The Align Project: a small-footprint, prefab, smart, net zero home created by Austin-based builder Kasita.

Whether we like it or not, the changing climate is demanding a sweeping overhaul of the way we live. Fortunately, advances in high-performance products and enabling technologies are providing viable solutions for enhanced efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, and connectivity.

Through The Align Project, Green Builder Media is re-imagining some of society’s most entrenched ideas about what it means to live the good life in the U.S.A.

We’re asking some tough questions.  For example, what if, instead of using only a portion of our homes, we optimized our living spaces and created a home that’s 100 percent efficient, healthy, safe, smart, solar, and resilient? 

What would happen if we turned the price per square foot metric on its head and put the long-term value considerations that come with enhanced efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability ahead of lowest upfront cost in our decision-making processes?

Can we learn to master our machines rather than allowing them to own us? 

Austin-based prefab builder Kasita has answers.  The company’s small-footprint, net-zero, connected home is precision engineered, like a high-end vehicle, to take advantage of every square foot of space. 

The Kasita unit comes with an integrated smart home technology platform that seamlessly integrates devices, appliances, lighting, and mechanical systems, enabling homeowners to use exactly the amount of space and resources they need to live comfortably—doing more with less, without compromising. 

In this video walkthrough of the Kasita home, I endeavor to highlight the advanced products and technologies showcased in the home, from high-performance building materials to smart home devices to high design fixtures and finishes.

Perhaps the best part about the Kasita is its price tag—rolling off the production floor at approximately $150,000 (the final price depends on the finishes and solar system sizing), the turnkey unit offers a beautiful, intelligent, and affordable option to buyers.

To learn more about The Align Project and sign up to receive more information (including how to order your very own Kasita!), check out the project microsite.  And don’t miss the opportunity to tour the Kasita in person at CES in January and Design & Construction Week (IBS/KBIS) in February.

To learn more about how we can reduce our footprint and enhance our sustainability, join Green Builder Media at our upcoming Sustainability Symposium 2019: The Desert Shall Bloom on Monday, February 18, 2019 (the day before the show floor opens at Design & Construction Week) at the UNLV campus in Las Vegas.  Brimming with vision and ingenuity, the event’s agenda includes luminaries like General Wesley Clark, Academy-Award winning actor Jeff Bridges, and NBA legend Bill Walton.

And, don’t miss the celebration of our annual Sustainability Award winners the night before the Sustainability Symposium on February 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the exclusive Mr. Chow in Caesars Palace.

Click here to register for the Sustainability Symposium 2019: The Desert Shall Bloom and Sustainability Awards galaSpace is strictly limited and by reservation only, so reserve your seat today! 

What do you think is the next big advancement in small footprint living?  Write to me at sara.gutterman@greenbuildermedia.com.

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