This past Tuesday, Steve Glenn opened up his LivingHomes model home to celebrate the acceptance of the first-ever LEED Platinum plaque for Ray Kappe’s prefab Living Homes design. The invite-only event brought out the usual designer crowd, the suits, the jeans, and the eclectically-stylish, with appearances from Ray Kappe himself, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcettie, USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi, Enterprise Community Partners’ Senior Vice President Stockton Williams, and quite a few TV personalities. The diversity of the crowd is an encouraging indication for the future of green building, and with NBC News on hand to cover the scene, it is apparent that a wider public audience is starting to take notice. Good thing too, because LivingHomes made news with several exciting partnership announcements…
LivingHomes publicized a new commitment to make sure each of their Homes is a minimum of LEED Silver Certified, by paying for and helping each new owner through the certification process. They also agreed to pay a carbon offset to cover the home’s first year of operation, encouraging owners to help pitch in for the carbon offset during construction.
LivingHomes also announced a new partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, a leading agent of development capital for affordable homes and rebuilding communities. LivingHomes will contribute $5000 from the purchase price of each home to Enterprise to fund a LivingHomes Green Communities Charrette Grant. The Charrette provides developers with the tools they need to build cost-effective sustainable homes that will work within the existing community.
And finally, LivingHomes announced the launch of their new website, giving everyone the ability to customize their own Ray Kappe original or choose from their newly expanded selection of Ray Kappe homes. + LivingHomes + Enterprise Community Partners + USGBC