These reasonably-priced smart cabins are built with SIPs (structural insulated panels, which are known for fast setup and high thermal efficiency) and can be built in just a few hours.
The Smart Cabins from Solargon offer three models of LEED-certified smart cabins ranging from 20 feet to 30 feet, with the option of connecting two 30 foot structures. SIPs have excellent insulation (with a 30% - 70% savings on energy), are composed of renewable materials, and don't contain formaldehyde, asbestos, or VOCs. They are built to last (7 times stronger than conventional framing), start at $24,000 and have a long list of green features:
Pre-Built Wall and Roof Panels: "Solargon's structural insulated panels (SIPs) ensure a fast, efficient building setup. The 20' model can be erected in hours; the 30' model can be erected in less than two days."
Easy Construction Even in Remote Areas: "The SIPs can be loaded into standard family-sized trucks, and can be carried by two people. The patented connectors require only simple hand tools and minimal training. No large equipment, no cranes, no power tools required."
Cost Effective Construction and Operation: "You'll pay less labor to erect each Solargon and you'll spend less over the lifetime of the structure than you would for conventional buildings."
Small Environmental Footprint: "SIPs are composed of renewable materials, the building envelope ensures a good tight structure, the insulation ensures low utility bills, the layout ensures efficient air movement and the building design maximizes both passive and optional active solar gain. The panels' natural materials, combined with the open layout, help prevent mold and mildew and minimize off gassing. The tight construction blocks drafts. No formaldehyde, asbestos, fiberglass, cellulose or VOCs are used in any of the construction materials. Your family won't merely have a house; they'll have a healthy, comfortable, affordable home."
Custom Layouts: "Each floor plan is open, bright and well ventilated, aided by the custom aircraft-grade acrylic operable skylight. Your dream floor plan is possible because the walls and roof form a structurally monolithic, load bearing shell. Interior walls are not required, thus room arrangement is completely flexible."
Quality Materials and Methods of Construction: "All materials meet or exceed standard residential requirements. The Solargon design has an ASTM class 1 fire resistant rating and a FEMA class 4 flood resistant material rating. The Solargon design was winner of the EPA's 2004 stratospheric ozone and climate protection awards, and meets or exceeds LEED standards. Your housing project can have high quality materials and still be cost effective."
Solar and Green Building Efficiencies: "Passive solar design and open span interior space ensures good solar gain and efficient heating and cooling. The SIPs are built with renewable, natural materials and patented connectors wherever possible, ensuring fast erection time, airtight construction, and minimal heating and cooling requirements. Your neighborhood can meet all its budget requirements and green building goals, simultaneously."
Simplified Electrical Installation: "Each Solargon arrives at your site with electrical chases embedded in the walls and ready for final wiring installations. Those installations are much faster than in conventional buildings. Just one more way we get your families moved into their new homes as quickly as possible."
Competitively Priced: "The cost of our high quality construction materials is more than offset by the rapid erection time and minimized utilities. If you need to optimize the lifetime cost of your project's homes, we'll come out ahead of other home manufacturers every single time."
Originally published 2009-01-26 - CB