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On the Market: Extremely Minimalist House Outside Nazareth

Why “extremely”? Because not just the aesthetic is minimalist; so are the electric bills, thanks to its high-performance passive-house construction. Are you one of those people who wants to live lightly on the earth but doesn’t want to give up all the trappings of civilization? If you are, and you love high modernist architecture, then this Nazareth passive house for sale has your name on it. As the photo above should make clear, this house truly stands out from the…

A Lesson in Collaboration

The house that Richard Pedranti designed for his friend Lawrence Mullane was in every sense a collaboration, as Mullane is not only the homeowner, but also the contractor who realized Pedranti’s design. It was a joint effort that employed Pedranti’s penchant for distinctive modern design while fulfilling Mullane’s wish for a traditional form of construction. Despite the contemporary glass-and-aluminum facade, the Mullane residence has the structural geometry of a barn. “That’s what Lawrence asked for,” says Pedranti. “A barn.” To…


The modern minimalist home highlights indoor/outdoor beach living. A retired couple from Brooklyn, New York, was looking to create a weekend retreat in the shore town of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. The solution, the Lang St. Marie Residence, is a prefabricated, net-zero home designed by Richard Pedranti Architect. Once the custom home design was translated to modeling software, panelized wall assemblies were created and transported from Maryland to New Jersey. Upon delivery, the elements were assembled on-site in just two weeks….

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Jersey Shore Sustainable

A Passive House in Spring Lake Heights moves the building industry forward Imagine living in a comfortable, modern house with no cold drafts, no temperature variations from room to room, and virtually no heating or cooling bills. “It might sound too good to be true,” architect Richard Pedranti says, “but these pleasant conditions are the norm for people who live in a Passive House,” a building standard that emphasizes energy efficiency, comfort, health and long-term affordability. Pedranti’s award-winning Pennsylvania-based firm,…

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Plant Prefab’s 3 Eco Friendly Passive House LivingHomes for Families

A company that makes $600,000 prefab smart homes got so popular in 2020 it had to turn away customers — see inside its 3 new homes. Plant Prefab, a prefab home maker that saw massive growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, has launched the Passive House LivingHomes, a line of three environmentally friendly homes for families. There’s currently a wide range of prefabricated units available on the market, from bulletproof concrete tiny homes to smart homes with integrated artificial intelligence programs….

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Plant Prefab Rolls Out Passive House-Certified Modular Homes

Continuing the run of collaborations from Californian prefab home designer and builder Plant Prefab, the company has announced a line of three Passive House-certified “LivingHomes,” all designed in collaboration with the Milford, Pennsylvania-based Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA). The LivingHomes series is Plant Prefab’s range of sustainability-minded, net-zero options, and in the past, the company has teamed up with Yves Béhar, KieranTimberlake, the late Ray Kappe, and modular architecture studio Koto for their designs. For this newest line, launched January 26,…

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Plant Prefab and Richard Pedranti Architect Introduce the Passive House LivingHomes

The nation’s first ​Certified B Corporation​TM prefabricated design and construction company Plant Prefab, just introduced their first ever Passive House LivingHomes, the RPA LivingHome 1, 2, and 3, designed in partnership with new Plant Design Partner Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA). These prefabricated, energy efficient spaces all meet the Passive House standards of employing proper solar orientation, optimal insulation, high-performance windows and doors, an airtight enclosure and balanced ventilation. “Plant is focused on building homes that are as healthy and sustainable…

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Blackstone bets $1.6 billion on single-family homes, Pinterest is making shoppable advertising easier, and more

Sustainable prefabricated design and construction company Plant Prefab has launched its first-ever Passive House, designed in partnership with architect Richard Pedranti. (For the uninitiated, the Passive House certification is a strict building standard that requires 80 percent less energy use than conventional buildings.) See full article on Business of Home