Has the current economic armageddon signaled the death knell of that bloated, over-sized expression of American success and excess – the ‘McMansion’?  Is there actually a possibility that the next wave in home building will focus on living smaller and more sustainably?  The folks at Toronto-based Altius Architecture and Sustain Design Studio have created the miniHome to provide a sustainable housing option for couples and individuals into zero population growth, stylish sustainability and affordable prefab housing.  Their biggest model yet, the 12WIDE, is set to roll-out in 2009.

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The basic 12WIDE model will run you roughly $119,000 Canadian. The home ships on its own set of wheels with detachable chassis for easy placement (you add foundation).  This prefab features: super-insulation, a tankless hot water system, radiant space heating,  durable materials, intelligent controls, multi-tasking furniture, warm LED lighting and 10′ ceilings.  Add optional solar panels, wind and composting solutions and you’re getting very, very green.  Energy and water saving features make the 37 foot long 12 WIDE a purported ‘net-zero’ home.

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find out more about miniHomes and their many variations @ sustain.ca