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Living Homes: Bringing Green Building Closer to the Average American

| Wednesday May 6th, 2009 | 1 Comment

prefab modern housingThere are tons of innovative green buildings out there these days, but so often, things on their websites stop at the ooh ah design and green trickery. What about what it’s like to be in one of these places? In something I’ve not seen previously, Living Homes shows exactly that, with a time lapse view of an entire day, light filling the place nearly the whole time, due to well placed windows.
And the kicker? They’re prefab modular homes. As I said to a friend, “Who would have thought the words sexy and modular home would ever be within 2 miles of each other?”
Their first home, built and done in 8 hours on April 13th, was also the first LEED Platinum certified home in the nation. Steve Glenn, the founder of Living Homes, lives in it, as he said, “eating our own dogfood” (Using their own products, so to speak).
All thinking, design and execution is guided by what they call “Z6″: Essentially, aiming to have zero impact, before, during, and after living in one of their homes. They’re aware it’s generally not possible to have no impact, but if you look at their thinking around reaching for that goal, it’s no marketing ploy.

Though their Ray Kappe designed homes are out of the range of most people, what intrigued me was their KieranTimberlake models, and this text:

The use of decking and light corridors provide outdoor space and natural, indoor light even in the most dense of urban environments. Rooms and entire floors can be added as your living needs change.

Ah, the advantages of a modular home become clear here. Starting at $219,300, this brings greener housing within reach of much more people, all of them at least LEED Silver.
For those not inclined to start from scratch on raw land, LivingHomes is currently seeking developers to work in conjunction with, and some existing Living Homes are for sale as well.
Glenn will be in person at the Sustainable Brands conference at the end of May, which we’ll be covering.
Readers: What other affordable innovations in green building/remodeling are you seeing out there?
Paul Smith is a sustainable business innovator, the founder of GreenSmith Consulting, and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. He creates interest in, conversations around, and business for green (and greening) companies, via social media. Who he has and wants to work with includes consumer, media, clean tech, NGOs, social ventures, and museums.

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