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Published on November 5th, 2012 | by James Ayre

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New LEED Platinum Green Prefab Homes With An Affordable Price Tag Unveiled By Living Homes

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November 5th, 2012 by  

 
The green modern prefab company Living Homes has been becoming more and more competitive with custom-built home companies. Its new product line has prices as low as $145 per square foot. When you consider that the homes will likely be certified LEED platinum, that’s actually rather impressive.

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Its new “CK” homes are a breakthrough product line for them. This will be the first time that you can get a modern two story home that possesses a comprehensive environmental program for less money than it would cost to build a conventional home in many large US cities.

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Here’s an overview of some of the home’s environmental features:

  • Zero Energy: Energy efficient lighting and appliances, smart heating/AC control system to reduce power usage.
  • Zero Carbon/Waste: Recycled materials & Cradle to Cradle inspired materials. Carbon off-set included in purchase price to counter energy used to create the home.
  • Zero Water: Low flow water fixtures. Grey water ready system.
  • Zero Emissions: No VOC paint. Formaldehyde-free millwork.
  • Zero Ignorance: Real time feedback on energy usage



 
With such a comprehensive environmental package, and an affordable price, the prefab homes could certainly find a place in the ‘green’ homes market of today.

Source: TreeHugger
Image Credits: Living Homes

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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  • rkt9

    “The LivingHome C6/CK series are the lowest cost LivingHomes. They combine clean, modern design with our Z6, LEED® Platinum level environmental program and Cradle-to-Cradle CM inspired materials. The C6/CKs feature open floor plans, upgraded finishes and fixtures, and lots of storage, light and warmth.

    The C6 series was designed by LivingHomes staff in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right. There are three versions of the C6 that range from 2 bedrooms/1 bath at 950 square feet to 3 bedrooms/2 baths at 1232 square feet.

    The new CK series shares the same interior and exterior materials and environmental program of the C6s. The CK Series was inspired by the design of Ray Kappe and they include our first lower cost two story LivingHomes.

    Comfy. Conscious. Complete: $139-323,000, including a lifetime of happiness.”

    Affordable for who? The 3 bdr 2 bath at $145 per sq ft comes in just over 178K. At 4% int. that is 850 a month for 30 years, add the lot, taxes, and insurance and it is hardly affordable for the average wage earner.

    • Ronald Brak

      Wow, a $178,000 dollar house? Our median price is about half a million. Hope they meet Australian standards.

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