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Blu Homes Acquires Assets of mkDesigns, Home Designs by Green Prefab Pioneer Michelle Kaufmann

September 28, 2009

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September 29, 2009 - Fast growing eco-housing company Blu Homes® today announced it has acquired the assets of mkDesigns, highly successful green prefab home designs by Michelle Kaufmann, including the Glidehouse™, mkLotus™, and Sunset Breezehouse™. By applying its proprietary technology to these designs, Blu Homes plans to make them available across the U.S.

Through its innovative technology and smart streamlined designs, Blu Homes is quickly emerging as a leader in the prefabricated green homes industry. Michelle Kaufmann, who has been building green homes since 2002, will serve as a design consultant to Blu and join its advisory board. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

"We are proud to advance the sustainable clean living model that Michelle Kaufmann so courageously began," said Bill Haney, Blu Homes president. "The addition of Michelle to Blu's team strengthens our design abilities and adds mkDesigns to the homes we offer, giving consumers a broad range of luxury in the most economical, green and convenient way."

"I am thrilled the work mkDesigns started will be continued with Blu Homes," said Michelle Kaufmann. "Blu and I share similar values and by using its extraordinary proprietary technology, Blu can offer Americans across the country a wide range of beautiful, convenient and economical green homes. I am happy to be working with them on a common vision of the future that we can all be proud of."

mkDesigns' brands will offer customers an eco-luxury product while benefitting from Blu Homes' innovative technology and building science inventions. Blu's core brands will continue to focus on value-oriented customers looking for healthy, green living at a mainstream price.

Blu is committed to making homes healthy and affordable for the average American family. Through sophisticated computer modeling, analysis and innovative construction techniques, Blu is able to build beautiful homes, while improving environmental performance, optimizing construction efficiency, and minimizing costs.

Kaufmann added, "I appreciate Blu's commitment to the environment and their unique technological approach to improving efficiencies and quality while managing construction cost. Our work together is just beginning, and I remain hopeful for all we can do together to bring beautiful green homes to American families across the country."

About Blu Homes

Founded in 2007, Blu's mission is to provide American home buyers and institutions with buildings that are healthful, economical, and beautifully designed, and to do so in a convenient, predictable and customer-centered way. Blu Homes, Inc. is a privately owned business that uses quality design, sustainable materials and leading technology to build beautiful homes. The designs reflect the unique environment in which the homes live, and contain only healthful materials of construction and treat the natural world with care. Blu's building process not only respects the land but also the client's time, creative input and budget. Blu builds high-quality homes faster in a controlled factory environment that minimizes waste. Blu Homes are currently being built in the Colorado Rockies, California woodlands, Carolina coast and in towns throughout New England and for corporations from coast to coast.

About Michelle Kaufmann

Michelle Kaufmann is an architect, designer and advocate for smarter ways to design, build and live. Her mission is to make thoughtful, sustainable design accessible. With her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, she specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including custom single-family homes, eco-luxury resorts, and multi-family communities. Founder of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, a design/build company that led the movement of prefabricated green homes, her firm won the 2008 TOP FIRM AWARD by Residential Architect. The Sierra Club called Kaufmann "the Henry Ford of green homes." She was also named "2009 Green Advocate of the Year" by the National Association of Home Builders, was on Business 2.0 magazine's list of "100 People Who Matter Now", and is frequently featured in leading television and print publications, including the Sundance channel, HGTV, Discovery, Planet Green, Town+Country, Time, the Smithsonian and others.

Blu Homes and the Blu Homes logo are registered trademarks of Blu Homes, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

©2009 Blu Homes, Inc. All rights reserved.

For more information visit www.bluhomes.com and www.mkd-arc.com
Contact: ¨Michele Perry 781-254-3782