Modular Homes blog’s “Offsite Cabin of the Month” – June 2023 – with video

Finding “Homes of the Month” to feature on the Modular Homes blog is one of the most enjoyable things I do. I love the designs and Architecture found when new companies decide to jump into the housing market.

In the pursuit of more sustainable and affordable housing options, one Canadian company is taking the lead. CABN, not content with being just another provider of tiny homes and trailer park alternatives, aims to revolutionize the housing industry and pave the way for denser, eco-friendly communities. With their latest showhome, CABN showcases their commitment to innovation and sustainable living.

At the heart of CABN’s initiative is their 752 sq ft structure, which is designed to generate more energy than it consumes, effectively creating a net-zero product. This remarkable feat is made possible by the visionary leadership of the company’s founder, Jackson Wyatt. Wyatt, known for his previous venture Greenlid, a composting material specialist manufacturing alternatives to traditional plastics, brings his expertise in sustainability to the forefront of CABN’s mission.

To further demonstrate their dedication to sustainability, CABN has unveiled plans for a net-zero community development consisting of 67 homes in Augusta Township. The first model to be introduced is the one-bed SON.DER, represents just one of four different products CABN aims to build. These homes will consume approximately 20 percent of the energy of a traditional house, highlighting the significant reduction in the carbon footprint they offer. Wyatt and his team envision this community as a proof of concept, showcasing the potential for diverse housing options, including two-, three-, and four-bedroom models, alongside the single-bed option.

The key to achieving energy efficiency lies in the innovative features incorporated into these homes. Integrated solar panels on roof overhangs harness the power of the sun, while high levels of insulation and solar shading maintain a constant interior temperature. Collaborating with B+H Architects, a global design consultancy renowned for their expertise in biomimetic design, CABN combines their vision with cutting-edge research and knowledge to create a truly sustainable living space. It is an unexpected departure for B+H Architects, primarily known for their commercial offices and towers, but their involvement reinforces the significance of this project.

When it comes to interior design and furnishings, CABN has partnered with Canadian furniture and interiors specialist EQ3. With a focus on quality and craftsmanship, EQ3 designs and manufactures its products in Winnipeg, ensuring a seamless blend of style and sustainability. Constructed primarily from FSC-certified cross-laminated timber, CABN’s showhome represents a low-key, straightforward structure that embodies simplicity without compromising on functionality.

CABN’s dedication to sustainable, low-cost housing and denser communities is a beacon of hope in an era of environmental challenges. By showcasing their net-zero showhome and unveiling plans for a community development, they are not merely presenting an idea but transforming it into a reality. The combination of energy-saving features, innovative design, and sustainable materials sets CABN apart, inspiring others to rethink the way we build and live. With companies like CABN leading the way, a greener future is within our reach.

Gary Fleisher

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.