Though it easily fits in with the rest of the peaked-roof new-builds in the neighborhood, this home, a collaboration among Canadian firm superkül, home builder Great Gulf and Europe's Active House Alliance, is quite ahead of the game. Dwell, which recently spotlighted the tech-savvy prefab, thinks it could be the "future of suburban living." For one, the 3,200-square-foot residence has got a near-omnipotent Somfy Tahoma smart house system, which can control the home's skylights, windows, blinds, heating, and cooling, all wirelessly via an app.
As Dwell explains, "If the house needs to 'breathe,' Somfy Tahoma opens the motorized skylights and a number of the 23 windows." And if the temperature rises above 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the home has been programmed to respond by shutting open windows and turning on the air conditioner. Other green features of this completely self-sufficient home include 14 motorized skylights, an underground rainwater cistern, and rooftop solar collectors—peruse the rest on Active House.