Living Homes, Pre-Fab, Ray Kappe, USGBC, LEED Platinum

Photo by CJ Berg / Sunshine Divis

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.

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  2. complexandcontradictory July 23, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    wow, yeah, looks nothing like falling water. oh, and i think some of the rooms have panels that can be slid shut for privacy/ minimal noise buffering.

  3. Inhabitat » PROJE... July 23, 2007 at 11:12 am

    […] which have received the coveted distinction of sustainable design. Following in the footsteps of Ray Kappe’s Living Homes design, Project7Ten is expected to receive its LEED Platinum rating upon completion in the fall. […]

  4. Adam July 8, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    As for Tokoro’s warning about, noise: it’s very real, but the fault is not just in the half walls. It’s in the hard flat surfaces that are part of that Modern style. If the ceiling and floors had better acoustic damping properties that house would be much quieter. Compare the difference between a tiled room and a carpeted room with lots of fabric, like heavy drapes. You will never get the silence of a bedroom surrounded by well insulated walls, but reducing reflected sound can make a home like this much quietier.

  5. Interior Design Ideas :... July 7, 2007 at 12:06 am

    […] in Los Angeles this fall, the WIRED Living Home is making quite a splash. We’ve written about Steve Glenn’s Living Homes prefab company before, and touted the houses’ green design innovations by renown architect Ray […]

  6. Inhabitat » PREFA... July 6, 2007 at 5:33 am

    […] in Los Angeles this fall, the WIRED Living Home is making quite a splash. We’ve written about Steve Glenn’s Living Homes prefab company before, and touted the houses’ green design innovations by renown architect […]

  7. Francesco DeParis May 3, 2007 at 10:11 am

    I am not a LEED expert, but the premise seems sound to me. We are in the first stages of alternative energy/energy-efficiency use in the US. Any first step is a good one. The LEED projects I have seen outlined all over the net seem to have real tangible value.

    I wrote a post today on the power of small towns in empowering builders/homeowners to get on the boat for LEED construction. These are interesting times for sure. As the LEED initiative progresses, it will surely be revisited and improved. The fact that we have a govt. sponsored initiative is a big plus in my books. This will definitely spur investment on the manufacturing side to keep up with increased demand. This is great as it seems most of these products are made in the USA.

    I comment regularly on the business/investor side of alternative energy on Energy Spin: Alternative Energy Blog for Investors-Served Daily

    Francesco DeParis

  8. Sizzle March 17, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    In response to CJ, this looks absolutely nothing like Falling Water, which was built in the 30’s, not the late 60’s/70’s. I think it’s a great idea, and perhaps what Tokoro says has SOME bit of truth to it, but if you’re not prepred to alter your lifestyle from the conventional, then stick to conventional buildings yourself and let the progressive ones progress.

  9. green living February 20, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I absoultly love it and can’t wait to have one delivered and set up!

  10. Tokoro February 4, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Has anyone looking at this ever tried living in a space with the bedrooms or other living areas open to each other? I’ve done it twice now — and unless you live alone and never have guests who aren’t doing whatever you’re doing (i.e., having dinner or watching the Superbowl), it gets exceedingly tiresome in short order.

    There is a reason people wall in bedrooms, exercise rooms, home offices, kids play rooms, etc. I’ve had it with waking to my beloved partner’s breakfast prep two hours before I need to get up, and he’s had it with my banging around in my home office late in the evening — with banging around defined as sitting at a desk typing comments on a blog, and sorting papers. All those little noises bounce everywhere, and sometimes I think they’re magnified by pony walls. Sound goes straight to the ceiling and right down to the ears of whoever is not making the sound.

    It’s great to see the LEED platinum designation, which we desperately need for residential space. But if you’re thinking about living in a space like this, be prepared to have to retrofit with actual floor to ceiling walls. Be prepared to deal with continued sound transmission through plexi or regular glass (if you want to pay for triple panes and Argon, that’s cool but the cost will skyrocket). Be prepared to tear out your hair over the havoc adding solid walls creates on the ventilation, heating, cooling or air exchange system that was not designed for solid barriers.

    In short, be prepared to spend far more than you ever imagined making the space liveable under real-life circumstances. I’d be very curious to know how much of the cost savings per sq. foot came from not installing walls and not having to pay attention to what happens to light, especially on that first floor, if you DO install walls on the upper level.

  11. CJ February 1, 2007 at 10:52 am

    It looks expensive and is probably alright but it looks like a revamp of a late 60’s or 70’s building. Similar to Frank lloyd wrights “Falling Water”. Personally i think we can do better!!!!!.

  12. Inhabitat » PREFA... January 26, 2007 at 2:27 am

    […] As for cost, Living Homes estimates that David Hertz’s design will go for about $215 per square foot- not bad for the current prefab market. And, following in the footsteps of Ray Kappe’s recently-awarded LEED Platinum design, David Hertz’s home will incorporate a comprehensive LEED certification program into the construction of each unit. […]

  13. six zeros of sustainabi... January 21, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    […] If you thought it couldn’t be done, checkout Living Homes, which just received the first-ever LEED Platinum (doesn’t go higher) for residential design (via inhabitat). […]

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