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Welcome to Cloud Nine

Welcome to Cloud Nine
Whatever beautiful new home you're designing, Cloud Nine creates and delivers a high-performance structure to both complement your designs and give you a precision-built, durable, sustainable canvas on which to work your magic. We will work in partnership with your design and construction team to bring you an entire bespoke, airtight structure - walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors - which blends perfectly with your chosen finishes. We've specialised for years in using natural materials and off-site construction techniques to achieve the greatest possible energy efficiency; our breathable, highly-insulated structures - used in tandem with bespoke eco heating system and fresh air heat recovery - mean fresh, healthy, well-balanced living spaces. Our structural system and products are used nationwide and engineered to meet the highest standards of sustainability, performance and longevity, giving you long-term reassurance as well as a home that feels great to live in.

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Stylish garden gym room We seem to have featured a lot of garden gyms this year, but this latest one from Garden Spaces is perhaps the most stylish! As you can see the building is unassuming from some angles and spectacular from others. The crisp white render mixed with large expanses of glass is looks very sharp, we’ve seen this feature before on a Garden Spaces building and it makes a refreshing change from cedar cladding. Roger Hedges Director at Garden Spaces comments: eHABITAT What is with Australia and prefab? With the recent Modabode, the Deck House, and now eHabitat, its beginning to seem like the locus of Prefab has moved down under. Whats going on?

LEED Know we're back! We know. "In The Know" took a several week long — unannounced — hiatus. ART! The other night a few of us painted at an event called “Art After Dark” at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The best part was when this little girl fearlessly walked up on the stage and joined in on the action. Photo by Lucky, he painted the skull. More photos below (in reverse order). Photos by Brandon Shigeta Garden Rooms, Garden Offices and Garden Studios Our attractive, high quality timber garden rooms come in three styles: The Mono, The Duo and The Eco, and can be tailored to suit your requirements – choose from a wide range of sizes and finishes inside and out to get the look just right. Each Garden Room is fully finished to an excellent standard, ready for you to start using straight away. The Stable Company believe that you should not have to go to the trouble of moving property or having disruptive and messy building work done on your premises. Our Garden Rooms will give you that extra space you need to make life more enjoyable and convenient.

PrefabNZ Register NOW for our Nelson Massive Timber Event - July 2 2014 - AND Members welcome to Cluster Event coming up in Wellington! PrefabNZ has held a number of successful events and there are many more planned for the future. Green Book Live MCS is an independent UKAS accredited quality assurance scheme assessing microgeneration products and installers against robust quality, performance and safety criteria. Products and installers must be MCS certified to be eligible for UK government financial incentives (including Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive). Apply for MCS certification Our technical experts can conduct the widest range of MCS assessments of any Certification Body. We certificate products and installers for solar PV, heat pumps, biomass, micro-CHP, solar thermal, wind turbines and pitched roof mounting systems.

Minimal Movie Posters These two posters are the finalists for the Now You See Me fan poster competition, which I posted about here. Let’s call the top one Option 1, and the second Option 2. Now you’ll get to help to choose the winner by answering this question: which poster do you prefer, Option 1 or Option 2? Artists and designers can make the ordinary seem magical. Get involved in Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me tumblr poster contest! Summit Entertainment is looking for fan posters to help promote their new magic/heist film, Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher (to name a few!)

Discover There are 5 standard pavilion options which allow you to build and extend on your bachkitTM as your needs develop. From the total bachkitTM to the guest pavilions there are no hidden costs and construction is fully completed from site inspection to interior finish. Being modular, any of the 5 pavilions can be flipped, turned and stacked together to create endless floor plan configurations. For some ideas click on the "individual designs" section below. Prices are based on stable and level sites within the metro area of Perth. When outside this area, please discuss regional costs with us.

A model approach to housing: 5 prefab homes in Australia Late last month, we released a story about how Australia needs to tap into the prefabricated (prefab) housing market or risk lagging behind global competitors. Currently, the local construction industry contributes approximately 10 per cent, or $150 billion, to the nation’s GDP. Of this figure, the prefab housing sector makes up a low $4.6 billion (three per cent). Green Globes: The Green Building Initiative Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Backed by excellent customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. The program has modules supporting new construction - Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing buildings – Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB), and Healthcare buildings – Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. It is suitable for a wide range of buildings from large and small offices, multi-family structures, hospitals, and institutional buildings such as courthouses, schools, and universities. The program includes: Environmental Assessment Areas

Outside In: Ultimate Underground Swiss Mountain Home Cavernous but wide open, dark and heavy but bright and spacious, this incredible underound house is the ultimate expression of architectural opposites fused into a single spectacular earthen living structure buried in the mountainous ground of the Swiss Alps. Rather than wrapping outward around the home, the exterior facade circles inward and faces an oval forecourt – a curved impression in the ground like the absent space left behind by a mysterious giant egg. From within, this odd opening frames amazing views of the surrounding green hills and distant white mountains as well as providing a sense of enclosure and security for residents within the home and front courtyard area – a one-sided yet stunning view as opposed to the normal full-surround sights normally expected of a mountain home. Constructed of stone and concrete, the house feels solid and safe inside and out – yet manages to have copious openings to allow natural light to flow effortlessly into every interior space.

Z-Glass Cost to Build Estimated Material Costs: $26,000 (370 sq ft) Want to know how much it will cost to have a contractor build it for you? Visit and follow these instructions. 15 fabulous prefabricated homes 1. Harmony space by Kenjo Harmony by KENJO System AB, in Sweden, is built entirely from Swedish spruce, a local and renewable resource. Foldable glass sliding door systems set in aluminum profiles reinforce Kent Johansson’s design intent of an openness in look, feel and use, whether for offices, saunas, pool houses, or perhaps a floating guest house or thinking room. The options are unlimited as the module system uses different-sized glulam frames, different wall sections and roofs.