The PowerPod incorporates many energy-efficient and green design choices, most visibly a solar butterfly roof that collects rainwater and includes an active solar array for electricity and hot water.
Measuring a svelte 480 square feet, the floor plan highlights an open living/dining/kitchen area that opens onto a front porch. Many visitors remarked that the high ceiling provided a surprising sense of spaciousness. A bedroom, bathroom, and utility closet are in the rear.A PowerPod home can be yours for around $200 per square foot—roughly $100,000 for this model.
Rather than focusing on off-the-shelf designs, PowerHouse promotes itself as facilitating a custom design and build process based on a planned site and intended use.
One planned site is Old Woods Farm, a residential "conservation neighborhood" under development in Tenants Harbor, Maine. It will consist of ten different PowerHouse homes built on 16 acres of a 100 acre parcel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
More photos of the PowerPod at the BuildingEnergy07 show can be found here.
[This is a guest post by Josh Jancourtz of Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks Josh! -Ed]