These gorgeous pre-fab homes would be covetable by any modern design fan, but they also happen to be incredibly environmentally-friendly. LivingHomes aims for zero impact in six areas: energy, water, waste, emissions, carbon, and ignorance (the last one referring to the fact that whoever lives in the house needs to know how to use it sustainably; the sustainability doesn't end once the house is built).
LivingHomes offers homes certified as LEED Platinum, which is the highest level that LEED provides. Because the home is pre-fab, parts are manufactured using a mass assembly process, which saves a huge amount of waste. The homes are filled with other state-of-the-art features, from a greywater system that captures almost all water used, to solar power, and a monitoring system that shows how much energy is being used.
Although pricey, the homes are much less expensive than a comparable architect-designed home built using standard construction. We had the chance to meet LivingHomes founder Steve Glenn, a former tech entrepreneur, at the recent Sustainable Brands conference in Monterey, and it's clear he's truly committed to sustainability.
((Images: Living Homes; home designed by architect Ray Kappe)