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The famous architects and schools of architecture need to support the creation of an international standard's board for modular houses.


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Summary

   At an "sustainable cities" conference in Oakland, at Laney College a speaker proposed modular houses.
  His argument was that green housing was technology that needed to advance at a pace similar to that of computer technology, and the major roadblock to that level of growth was lack of an international standard.

  Foremost in this construction of this new organization is to maintain the status quo.  Architects, architecture schools and construction companies maintain their jobs, salaries and responsibilities.

  While LEED certification provides an intense certification process for green buildings, it is likely unattainable by the vast majority of Americans, but it is the best place to begin bringing green buildings to the masses.

  Green houses for the masses needs to be inexpensive, similar to the industry standard of computer cases, houses need to have modular structures, bare bones rooms that architects who are planning apartments and small homes can use and reuse for planning these green structures.
  These skeleton rooms are LEED certified, have standardized dimensions and contain specific features which engineers can tinker with to improve energy efficiency.  Energy efficient designs using these skeleton rooms scores will be evaluated using many rating algorithms, and a composite score will be featured prominently.

  This standards organization will support an era of smart appliances and an Internet of Things.

  This standards organization will support the easy maintenance of solar panels and other green technologies.


Category of the action

Mitigation/Adaptation, Changing public attitudes about climate change


What actions do you propose?

  I propose an exploratory website launch to see if demand exists for this product.  An easy to use website with a few very easy to implement modular rooms are placed on the Internet.

  A great package of learning materials is produced, these should be a welcome addition to any library.  A great read at any office, and a nice showpiece for any conference.  Coverage in architecture magazines and websites will promote this concept to the leaders in architecture.

  People who use the modular rooms in their plans will be photographed and featured on the website.

 


Who will take these actions?

A handful of architects will accept or reject this concept, if it is valid they will design the bare bones rooms.
A few skilled software engineers will create the website.
A team of talented book designers will create the learning materials, including a small book and other promotional materials.
Two spokespeople will present the product at several conventions.


Where will these actions be taken?


How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?


What are other key benefits?


What are the proposal’s costs?

Architects: 5 x $20,000
Software Engineers: 5 x $20,000
Book Designers: 5 x $20,000
Two Spokespeople at conferences: 2 x $20,000
Promotional materials design and printing: $50,000
Booth production: $10,000


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Related proposals


References

LEED certification
http://www.usgbc.org/leed/certification