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What A Bad Way To Start My Day [Feb. 8th, 2009|10:24 am]
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Why the eff' do people put up websites like this when there is no actual company and product to back it up? Don't they know how mean it is to get people's hopes up? They made me cry.

I really thought I had found finally found the answer this time. They even claim to be based in Austin. But the very nice man who has the phone number listed on the website has never heard of them.

I'll keep trying to get in touch with them, but I have a feeling it's going to be another time-wasting dead end. Too bad. This is such an elegant solution.

From http://www.grohome.com/products.php:

The groHome™ "do it yourself" incremental building system is ideal for homes, cabins, and a variety of utility structures. Our components are 'plug and play' for systematic "grow it yourself" (GIY) assembly and retrofit capability for expansion or upgrade. We utilize green (energy efficient/environmentally sound) materials, simplified assembly, and optimal product lifecycle design to create a highly energy efficient and sustainable structure. This "GIY" system allows you to build your own home without the need for costly onsite trade professionals, heavy equipment or creating construction debris.

With a typical site built home you purchase based on "future space needs" and your mortgage is based on your current financial wherewithal, with a groHome™ you can build and finance based on your current needs and income "pay as you grow" literally saving you well over a $100,000 on a typical 30 year $100,000 mortgage.

* groHome™ Features:

* Standardized components for easy transport and simplified assembly

* Green energy efficient materials

* Pay as your grow

* Plug and play components for electrical and plumbing


[User Picture]From: amysn
2009-02-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
Did you try the email address? There's stuff on the internet about the owner, Conley Giles, and about GroHomes. Perhaps they are defunct, or perhaps they've simply changed phone numbers. I would not give up though. Maybe there's another company that does something similar.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2009-02-08 10:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-02-10 06:22 pm (UTC)

Thanks For Trying

I researched these last year. The general consensus is that the company promises much more energy savings than their design can actually provide and that the onsite costs of actually building one of the kit houses would be prohibitive.

See http://sustainablog.blogspot.com/2007/07/enertia-home-modern-marvel-or-lot-of.html
and http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/weblog/2007/05/enertia-house.htm.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2009-02-09 02:40 am (UTC)
Didn't you see the part where it said they were just for Lego guys?
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2009-02-10 03:07 pm (UTC)

Those Danes

You are so funny!
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2009-02-10 03:07 pm (UTC)

It sounds great

After reading amysn, it looks like you still may be able to use these guys. Maybe not but it is a good dream.
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[User Picture]From: viverra2
2009-02-10 04:02 pm (UTC)

from Texas A&M

The lastest article on their website (March 2008) is all about this house as the Texas A&M entry in the 2007 Solar Decathelon.

"With a team of students overseen by Texas A&M faculty, staff, professional architects, and builders, the groHome competed against other universities on October 17, 2007. "

The Solar Decathelon Site:
The team contact was Pliny Fisk pfisk@cmpbs.org .

Another page says "The groHome is on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas."

Sounds to me like it was not ever really a commercial venture, but they were hoping it would be. Might be worth sending an email to this Pliny Fisk. Maybe he would know if anything substantive came out of the project.
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