We think OTECHNOLOGY represents the optimal solution. The “O” also represents the sphere – which provides the least surface to the greatest interior area, which is at once structural, but also thermally optimum. After 20 years of designing energy efficient buildings, our design team has observed that this fundamental rule is often the most ignored. The OHOME has a surface to volume ratio which is closer to the optimum – the sphere, but with a much more practical footprint. O also stands for the completion of a very long process of prototyping and experimentation – coming full circle and arriving at what we feel is as perfect as a circle.
OHOMES are the product of a decade of research and design in green building. Healthy Buildings Technology Group (HBTG) has 30 years of experience in green and prefabricated construction. The OHOME is a result of the distillation of the best of everything we have learned – namely – how to do more with less. What makes the OHOME so affordable is its relatively small footprint, and prefabricated components that reduce labor costs by over 30% and takes the guesswork out of site assembly.
The technology behind the OHOMEhas been developed by Healthy Buildings Construction Group (our sister company), and has been used by them on several projects since 2004. Many of these projects were multi-family, e.g. townhomes and apartments, including a 46 unit project that won recognition as one of the top green neighborhoods in the S.F. Bay area in 2008. As we were developing the models for the OHOMES we realized that the building science and technology that went into OHOMES could be meshed with the technology used for the multi-family projects. Thus OTECHNOLOGY is the OHOME, applied to high density housing, e.g. multi-family homes, eco-villages, resorts, etc.
Our OTECHNOLOGY system is a Hybrid System, partially factory built and fully assembled on the site. By building components, including walls, floors and roofs, in our factory we completely control the work environment. In addition, using our manufacturing processes, we can keep the costs of precision fabrication down relative to conventional jobsite construction.
Simply put, the OHOME is a super-energy-efficient, compact, very green, low-cost, faster-built, better home.We have selected materials and components at the highest levels of quality, durability, environmental and energy performance, which also simplify shipping and on-site assembly to cut cost and ensure quality control. What is required is some site preparation of foundation installation by a contractor, and conventional construction financing. After the construction crews have completed their work assembling the OHOME (in 4-6 weeks, depending on the size), you have a finished home, complete with all fixtures, cabinets and appliances in place and fully operational.
The OHOME is very healthy. The abundance of natural light, passive heating and cooling, no added ureaformaldehyde in our building materials, no off-gassing vinyl windows, no unhealthy carpet or drapes, and the use of paints and sealers with low and zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) all result in a healthy home. Not only are the OHOME healthy for men and women, boys and girls of all ages, but our use of renewable materials and low water consumption plumbing and appliances mean that OHOMES are also healthy for mother earth.
Our OHOMES don’t waste money on structural elementsput in place just to transport and lift, as modular buildings do. In fact no heavy equipment is required to erect an OHOME - another cost savings that is passed along to the buyer. OHOMES are different than Manufactured Homes. In Manufactured Homes environmental performance is usually poor, and maintenance can be high. In many cases Manufactured Homes do not qualify for conventional loans, nor do they have the same long term warranties that all OHOME products have.
OHOME prices vary from $120/sq. ft. to $285/sq. ft., depending on the number of units and building performance. The land, engineering, permits, utilities, and shipping, are not included in the price although quotes are available upon request. When constructing the OHOME there are a couple of different options: 1) You can construct 100% with our team, 2) A mix of our people and local support, 3) Certified OHOME contractor and your own local support.
There are many ways to contact us! You can use our Contact Us page to begin your order process or to discuss your multi-unit project.
The OHOME will change the world. It is a product whose time has come! It is the building technology for the 21st century… and beyond!