WALTHAM, MA -- Green home builder Blu Homes, Inc., today announced the launch of the first product in its mkDesigns line, the Glidehouse. Nationally recognized for setting the standard in beautiful prefabricated architecture, Glidehouse, has previously only been available to a limited, west coast market and is now available nationwide.

"The Glidehouse is an elegant and innovative green design, and we are delighted to offer this spectacular home," said Bill Haney, CEO of Blu Homes, Inc. "Artfully harmonizing indoor and outdoor living, the Glidehouse truly proves that sustainability can be both beautiful and cost-effective."

Starting at $360,000, the Glidehouse is designed for clean, green, contemporary living. Using the most modern and environmentally friendly building methods and materials, the Glidehouse is now constructed entirely in Blu's state-of-the-art 80,000 square-foot Massachusetts factory. The Glidehouse is now also built with Blu's proprietary steel and wood hybrid framing, making it more spacious than ever before, able to handle the most challenging weather conditions and quickly and conveniently completed on site. Available with two or three bedrooms and two full baths, and with optional features including additional bedrooms, carports, garages and fireplaces, the Glidehouse brings custom-home beauty and features to prefab in this single floor home. Glidehouse signature features are:
-- Sleek storage bars to keep clutter at bay
-- Breathtaking, energy-efficient glass "walls" that create panoramic views
-- Extraordinarily wide, open and spacious rooms
-- Clever window placement to draw in fresh air and natural light
-- Exquisite cedar sunshades, and other optional extras, that allow for desired light and air flow

Healthy and efficient for green and affordable living

This high performance home is airtight, energy efficient, and built in a controlled factory environment to maintain the highest construction standards. In addition, non-VOC paints, clean and beautiful glazing like Andersen® or NanaWall® windows and doors, FSC certified wood and bamboo flooring, water-saving fixtures by Kohler®, and Paperstone countertops are a few of the high-quality, eco-friendly finishes the Glidehouse features.

The Glidehouse also uses water-saving plumbing fixtures, on-demand water heaters, and a mechanical ventilation system that is significantly more efficient than typical forced-air systems. Optional radiant hot water flooring is the standard for colder climates.

The Glidehouse meets the Energy Star® program standards for energy efficient homes and the performance standards of the American Lung Association Health House program. Blu can work with your local green rating program, as well.

Each Glidehouse home is solar ready. Other renewable energy systems such as geothermal, wind generator or hybrid systems can also be added to your Glidehouse design.

Blu Homes' advantaged business model

Blu is a team of architects, designers, engineers, construction professionals and business folks working to build the highest quality, beautiful green homes. We design and engineer our homes ourselves, then build in our own factory and ship to you. Blu employees then come to your site to finish your home on your foundation, offering unmatched service to ensure your satisfaction. With this full range of control, Blu can offer a guaranteed price as well as free architectural consultation on customizing your Blu home.

About Blu

Blu Homes, Inc. has a variety of residential and commercial eco-friendly, green prefabricated home designs and has delivered homes to families and businesses across the U.S., from New York to the Colorado mountains and the California coast. With the application of Blu's folding technology, mkDesigns are now available across the country, beginning with the Glidehouse. The second in its mkDesigns line -- the Breezehouse® -- is expected to launch in early 2011.

Source: Blu Homes Inc.

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