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A few years back, green designer Michelle Kaufmann made waves in the environmental world as well as in the homebuilding industry with her first green, affordable modular home, called the Glidehouse. Built in a factory and shipped to the building lot for assembly, the Glidehouse incorporated modern and eco-friendly building methods, and was a hit with buyers in Hays.

Flowers by Frances
(785) 625-2423
2424A Vine Street
Hays, KS
 
Darby Tree Service
(785) 726-3700
202 West 12th Street
Ellis, KS
 
Carnahan Creek Tree Service Inc
(785) 776-8282
12415 Carnahan Road
Olsburg, KS
 
J-Co Inc
(785) 286-0700
746 Northeast 43rd Street
Topeka, KS
 
Smith Brothers Lawn & Landscape LLC
(913) 441-5296
26855 West 73rd Street
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas - Employment Transportation Serv
(785) 625-2018
660 Commerce Parkway
Hays, KS
 
Rhino Builders Inc.
1040 Merriam Ln
Kansas City, KS
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Designer / Architect, Remodeler
Membership Organizations
American Society of Interior Designers, Better Business Bureau, Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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A-1 Fix All Inc
(785) 537-1688
8103 East USHighway 24
Manhattan, KS
 
Total Turfcare Inc
(785) 827-6983
827 York Avenue
Salina, KS
 
Jim Wilson
MillCreek Custom Decks
316 312-7801
6455 SW Holderman Road
Augusta, KS
 
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A few years back, green designer Michelle Kaufmann made waves in the environmental world as well as in the homebuilding industry with her first green, affordable modular home, called the Glidehouse. Built in a factory and shipped to the building lot for assembly, the Glidehouse incorporated modern and eco-friendly building methods, and was a hit with buyers.

In the years since, Kaufmann has designed a number of other modular homes, including the mkSolaire, an urban solar row house, and her latest, the mkLotus, a zero-energy modular home that debuted at the West Coast Green building conference last September.

The one-bedroom, one-bath mkLotus house builds on Kaufmann’s previous designs and takes them a step further by running completely on solar-generated power. A 1.5-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic system provides enough electricity to power all the systems and devices in the 700-square-foot house, with enough energy left over to recharge a hybrid car through a plug-in connection on the side of the house.

But that’s just the beginning for the mkLotus house. In fact, the home serves as a repository for all of the green- and efficiency-oriented systems and materials Kaufmann has championed over the past few years. The extensive list of features were all carefully selected to ensure a healthy and aesthetically pleasing house as well as one that is smart and eco-friendly, and as in many homes of this type, many of the systems tie together. The green “living” roof, for instance, helps to funnel rainwater through gutters into a catchment system for later use in irrigation.

Kaufmann used structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the wall assemblies, with durable, low-maintenance cement board from Cemonit and green-certified cedar siding on the home’s exterior. Icynene spray-in open cell foam insulation beefs up the structure’s energy efficiency, while metal roofing was used up top. Kaufmann opted for dual-pane, low-e wood windows with metal cladding, as well as skylights and Solatubes for daylighting.

The green pedigree extends to the interior, where Kaufmann specified bamboo flooring, fly ash concrete countertops, wood cabinetry certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and LED lighting throughout. Low-flush plumbing fixtures and Energy Star appliances were a natural choice as well.

Pricing for the factory-built mkLotus house starts at $175,000 for the basic structure, with additional costs for shipping, setup and “button up.” Buyers can also add options such as Nanawall accordion-like glass doors, which open up one side of the house to the outdoors. The green roof and solar energy system are also priced separately, and custom configurations are available. For more information: 510-271-8015 or www.mkd-arc.com .

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