Michelle Kaufmann, Leading Green Architect and Lifestyle Expert, Completes 30 Homes, Sees Business Triple Over Past Year

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Michelle Kaufmann makes it easier to go green by prepackaging green solutions for homebuyers and developers seeking energy, water, and cost efficient homes, and healthy environments. As demand for green housing rises, two major museum exhibits--Smart Home and Home Delivery--highlight the promise of modular building.

Michelle Kaufmann's Smart Home at MSI, the mkSolaire (TM), photo by John Swain

Despite the 'doom-and-gloom' housing market, we've never been busier

Demand for green homes is on the rise according to Michelle Kaufmann, award-winning green architect and sustainable living expert, who has seen her architecture business triple over the past year. Michelle Kaufmann Companies, http://www.mkd-arc.com/, which recently completed its thirtieth (30th) home, focuses on making beautiful, thoughtful design accessible to more people by employing prefabricated modular building practices and prepackaging green solutions.

"Despite the 'doom-and-gloom' housing market, we've never been busier," said Michelle Kaufmann, founder and chairwoman of Michelle Kaufmann Companies. "There's an enormous demand from homebuyers, who want beautiful homes and healthy environments as well as the lower energy bills that come along with our homes."

With two major museum exhibits focused on prefabricated building--New York Museum of Modern Art's (MOMA) Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry's Smart Home: Green and Wired, which features Michelle Kaufmann's mkSolaire™--interest in green prefab building is at an all-time high.

"People are actually living in our homes, so for us green, modular design isn't a concept, it's a reality," explained Michelle. "Our company has built more homes for clients than any other firm in the modern modular architecture world--with hundreds more in the pipeline. We're thrilled that our company is well on its way to delivering thoughtful, sustainable design to the masses."

By reducing resource consumption, waste, costs, and building time by up to 50%-75% over conventional building methods, Michelle Kaufmann's prefabricated, modular building techniques deliver benefits to individual homebuyers as well as builders/developers, who are interested in building green multi-family and community developments.

When designing any space, Michelle Kaufmann creates sustainable structures based on 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment.

Michelle Kaufmann offers six modular configurations--Glidehouse™, Sunset® BreezehouseTM, Sidebreeze™, mkLotusTM, mkLoftTM, and mkSolaire™--as well as custom homes and larger multi-family and community developments.

Michelle Kaufmann offers six modular configurations--Glidehouse™, Sunset® BreezehouseTM, Sidebreeze™, mkLotusTM, mkLoftTM, and mkSolaire™--as well as custom homes and larger multi-family and community developments.

Ms. Kaufmann unveiled the first mkSolaire™ home as part of the original Museum of Science and Industry exhibit Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas. The exhibit opened in Chicago May 8, 2008 and will run through January 4, 2009.

About Michelle Kaufmann Companies
Michelle Kaufmann (AIA, LEED® AP) is a tireless advocate and knowledgeable source for eco-conscious living. Michelle founded Michelle Kaufmann Companies with the mission to make it easier for people to build green and live a more sustainable lifestyle. To that end, Michelle Kaufmann leads a full service design/build architectural firm that uses off-site modular technology and prepackaged green solutions as the means to create beautiful, eco-friendly homes and multi-family develoments. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, the company expanded to run its own factory delivering homes for clients on the West Coast. Michelle Kaufmann Companies also works with key factory partners to handle increasing volume and expanded territories.

Interested in connecting with people beyond traditional architecture, Michelle has launched a collection of lifestyle media properties, products, and events designed to inspire individuals, families, and communities to create and enjoy sustainable lifestyles.

Visit Michelle's blog at http://www.blog.michellekaufmann.com.

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