As I was listening to the radio this morning, I heard a story about Bay Area company ZETA Communities…
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As Population, Consumption Rise, Builder Goes Small
The planet may not feel any different today, but there are now 7 billion people on it, according to the United Nations.
That number will continue to rise, of course, and global incomes are likely to rise as well. That means more cars and computers, and bigger homes: the kinds of things Americans take for granted. It’s that rise in consumption that has population experts worried…
In an industrial park outside of Sacramento, Calif., there’s a factory inside what looks like an old airplane hangar.
Zeta Communities builds modular homes here. Project manager Scott Wade says they’re not like “stick-built” homes — “stick-built meaning they build it one piece at a time,” Wade says, “whereas we build it an assembly at a time.”
In cities, modules can be stacked to make a new generation of efficient buildings. At Zeta headquarters, architect Taeka Takagi rolls out a blueprints with one of Zeta’s prototypes.
“It is a micro studio,” she says. “The units are under 300 square feet.”
You can read or listen to the entire story on the NPR website.
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You can also watch videos of a unit being built in the ZETA factory and a unit being installed on our website here.
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