powerhouse co-owners John Rossi (facing
page, at left) and Quincy Vale in the entry to
their prototype PowerPod. The peaked ceiling
and open floor plan make the interiors (above)
seem more spacious than the compact square
footage — which ranges from 250 to 450 square
feet — would suggest.
PowerPod could reduce your energy needs by
as much as 80 percent.
In addition to being a kind choice for the
planet, PowerPods are kind to their owners in
that they significantly reduce the hassles that
tend to accompany new home construction.
They aren’t quite “plug-and-play architecture,”
says Rossi, but you can go from zero to pod
in about six weeks. Of course, that’s after you
have taken care of zoning permits and hired a
contractor to prepare the site and install the
pod for you. (PowerHouse can suggest contractors, and they provide drawings and detailed
explanations of everything that needs to be
done.) Delivery takes a week or so. The price
isn’t a huge stressor in the grand scheme of
real estate, either: PowerPods start at less than
“The PowerPod is about green being hip
and affordable,” Rossi says. “It’s cool green living for the rest of us — you don’t have to be
a celebrity with a kazillion dollars to afford it.
In the green world, so many of the buildings
look like science projects. They are the Brussels sprouts [healthy, but not so appetizing] of
architecture. But the PowerPod
is personal and fun.”
Seems good things really
do come in small packages. ❧
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