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Meet Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Þorsteinsson of mnmMOD, Minarc, and Plús Hús in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Þorsteinsson.

Visionaries Erla & Tryggvi are the people behind mnmMOD. Icelandic by origin, they are recognized internationally for their innovative approach which embraces contemporary design and employs cutting-edge materials and technologies, while still adhering to sustainable practices and design standards. Their work is marked by an emphasis on creative minimalism, and a passion for the future of our planet.

Developed carefully for over a decade, mnmMOD came to fruition in 2007 and has since been used to build a wide range of energy efficient homes in communities throughout Southern California.

Erla and Tryggvi are recipients of the industry’s most prestigious awards and accolades including the Calibre Award, IDA International Design Award and several International Interior Design Association (IIDA) awards.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The main obstacle has been introducing the mnmMOD building system into the market and educating the public on using green building techniques. In America, traditional wood beam structure dominates the market and it is very difficult for the public to grasp the green alternative.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
mnmMOD panels were thoughtfully developed in reaction to the limitations and risks inherent in traditional wood framing. They are simpler to build with, more durable, more energy efficient, and far better for your health than traditional wood construction.

Manufactured in Los Angeles using a blend of recycled steel and EPS insulation, mnmMOD is an extremely efficient, fully customizable and affordable alternative to traditional home building techniques like wood framing. In addition to its efficiency and affordability, mnmMOD panels produce zero waste during both the manufacturing as well as installation processes, and are even recyclable at the end of a home’s life-cycle. Add to this the additional marked advantages mnmMOD holds over traditional building materials and one can easily see that mnmMOD is to home building what the Tesla battery is to automobiles: A revolutionary technology poised to fundamentally shift the paradigm underlying the home construction industry towards a more sustainable and healthy future for us all.

mnmMOd panels are customized to your specific building plans, then delivered right to your construction site from our local factory. Once on site, the installation is simple, requiring nothing more than a screw gun. This leads to faster construction, less labor than traditional wood framing almost zero waste. And Title 24 is no longer a concern as mnmMOD panels far exceed the required energy efficiency standards.

Because mnmMOD panels are Net Zero energy-efficient, you’ll save 60% on building taxes, qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage and save thousands over time in energy bills. mnmMOD panels do not mildew, mold, warp or attract termites. And unlike other non-wood panels, ours are made free of dyes, formaldehyde and MCFC, so they will never emit harmful VOC’s into your home.

The distinct advantages mnmMOD holds over traditional building techniques are as follows:

– No wood: Saves trees. No termites, mold or associated deterioration concerns.
– Does not support fire.
– Significantly reduces dependence on heating and cooling mechanicals.
– Completely eliminates manufacturing and construction waste.
– 40% more efficient than a traditionally-built home (HERS score of 60).
– Reduced build time: can be quickly installed by as few as two workers.
– Reduced sub time: Chases come pre-installed.

mnmMOD has another venture, Plús Hús ( a 16′ by 20′ customizable modern structure that can be used however you want, and almost anywhere you want. Sustainably manufactured in Los Angeles, each Plús Hús is constructed with mnmMOD panels for a long lasting energy efficient structure.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up in Iceland where the environment is constantly changing – with the endless sun during summer and dark winter where the snow and northern lights bright up the darkness – we had to learn to adapt to nature’s constant change. Iceland’s changing landscape coupled with a deep-seated love and profound respect for nature led us to be open minded and think about a better way of building. With mnmMOD that is exactly what we are doing just on a grander scale. Building with mnmMOD panel system allows for zero-net homes, significantly lowering the environmental impact of building without compromising the design possibilities


  • Plús Hús will be priced around $27,000.

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Art Gray

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