Modern Green Prefab Works For Retail, Too

urban mode sustain minihome photo corner

In January I visited Toronto's Urban Mode for the opening of their new Blu Dot showroom, which I thought was very attractive. What I didn't know until I was researching the new Sustain Trio MiniHome was that it was a green prefab! Blu Dot co-founder Charlie Lazor would be so proud. I visited it this weekend to catch some pictures.

urban mode sustain minihome photo closeup

The retail version is built to the same standards as the residential: no vinyl, no drywall, no toxic materials, no CFCs. Insulation is R40 walltight eco for a total of R27. It is clad in Galvalume on the exterior, baltic birch ply on the interior.

urban mode sustain minihome photo interior

The interior works well with the Blu Dot furniture. There are a lot of advantages in doing retail in prefab; it goes in quickly with a lot less disruption. The stairs are a problem; the trailer chassis and wheels do raise it higher than the rest of the store.

urban mode sustain minihome photo corner window
urban mode sustain minihome photo front

I will try to go back when the sale sign isn't blocking it. More at Sustain.
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Full disclosure: Prior to working with TreeHugger I worked with Sustain, before it became part of Altius Architecture, and own the original prototype.

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