Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

Each module of the Nexus 01 home was designed and built to be lifted with a forklift and trucked to the site, then stacked and arranged, looking nothing like the usual “double-wide” modular.

Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

The layout of the 847-square-foot home features two convertible rooms, an upstairs loft, a vaulted living-room ceiling, a kitchen (designed with guidance from students in Rancho Cielo’s culinary arts program), and screened-in front porch.

Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

On site at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., students begin to install a Tesla Powerwall alongside two heat-pump water heaters. With support from Monterey-based Scudder Solar, the Powerwall was integral to the off-grid, net-zero strategy that helped Nexus 01 place first in the “sustainability and resilience” category of the competition.

Slideshow: Nexus 01 Comes to Life

The completed assembly of Rancho Cielo’s Nexus 01 model home at the Orange County fairgrounds, in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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