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PHOTOS: LivingHomes Debuts Affordable New C6 Prefab Home starting at $179,000

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On February 28, 2012 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Prefab Housing | 6 Comments


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LivingHome’s [5] new C6 prefabricated home [4] is groundbreaking in a world of expensive modern, green prefabs. We’ve been covering modern green prefab [6] on Inhabitat for years [6], and while there has always been a flood of interest in the concept of modern design, prefabricated homes [6], the biggest question we always hear from readers is: “Why is this stuff so expensive? Is green design only for the wealthy?” [7]

While the answer to the above question is complicated, and is mainly an issue of low consumer demand and no economy of scale – with the new LivingHomes C6 [4], we’re thrilled to see a mass-market prefab home that manages to reach affordability while also maintaining high quality design standards and a modern aesthetic.

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In fact, LivingHomes’ newly released C6 [4] is the most affordable LEED certified prefab to ever come to market, but the company’s game-changing ways date back more than half a decade ago when the company first made a name for itself [5] with a stunning prefab home collaboration [5] with famed architect Ray Kappe [8]. The sustainable prefab “Living Home” [5] that resulted from that collaboration was the first in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum [9], and it was the only home to win the AIA’s top sustainability award in 2007. LivingHomes [3] has been hard at work over the last six years, churning out new designs frequently — all LEED Platinum rated — that have continued to push the boundaries with green design. But it’s the company’s latest efforts with the C6 Home that really stand to make an impact on a wider consumer base.

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Unlike previous LivingHomes [10] designs, which were price between $250-$300 per square foot, the new C6 Home [4] manages to achieve an impressive $145 per square foot. This new benchmark of affordability allows the home to be available to a wider variety of potential prefab home buyers, including young families and other buyers with more modest budgets. LivingHome’s collaboration with the country’s largest prefab home manufacturer [11], Cavco [11], is what allowed the company to produce the most affordable green prefab on the market today.

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“It has always been our most important goal to develop an affordable LivingHome,” said Steve Glenn [19], CEO of LivingHomes.  “The C6 is not only our lowest cost LivingHome – it’s half the cost of current models – but it’s also the first to achieve our most important Z6 Environmental Goals, and, we believe it’s the first production home to feature Cradle-to-Cradle inspired materials and a LEED Platinum level environmental program. It’s also the easiest and fastest LivingHome to build.”

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The C6, built by Cavco [11], is available in most states for $179,000, and can be fully constructed in less than two months and installed on-site in a day.

The design of the C6 is inspired by the homes built by developer Joe Eichler throughout California in the 50s and 60s [20]. The layout of the C6 is organized around a courtyard that is accessible through a various points in the house and features an open floor plan that plays on building an outdoor/indoor lifestyle.

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The 1,200 square foot home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and eco systems and finishings, including cork floors, a customizable energy efficient lighting system, solar PVs, a greywater system, low-flow water fixtures, plenty of efficient windows and numerous Cradle-to-Cradle [21] inspired products built in. The C6 is also the first LivingHome to achieve most of LivingHomes’ Z6 Environmental Goals [22]: Zero Energy, Zero Water, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, and Zero Ignorance.

The new LivingHome was designed as part of a new partnership with Make It Right [23], a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and renowned architect William McDonough [24] to build 150, Cradle to Cradle inspired LEED Platinum 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.

+ LivingHomes

Previous LivingHomes coverage on Inhabitat:

+ LivingHomes Open in Santa Monica, CA [5]
+ LivingHomes Unveils KierenTImberlake KTLH1.5 Home [25]
+ LivingHomes delivers KieranTImberlake prefab in Orange County [10]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/photos-livinghomes-debuts-affordable-new-c6-prefab-home-starting-at-179000/livinghomes-c6-palm-springs/?extend=1

[3] LivingHomes: http://www.livinghomes.net

[4] LivingHome C6: http://www.livinghomes.net/C6/

[5] LivingHome’s: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-living-homes%E2%80%A6such-a-deal/

[6] modern green prefab: http://inhabitat.com/top-10-prefabs/

[7] “Why is this stuff so expensive? Is green design only for the wealthy?”: http://inhabitat.com/livinghomes-announces-national-availability-of-ray-kappes-green-prefabs/

[8] Ray Kappe: http://www.kappedu.com/RayKappe.html

[9] LEED Platinum: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222

[10] LivingHomes: http://inhabitat.com/livinghomes-delivers-kierantimberlake-prefab/

[11] country’s largest prefab home manufacturer: http://www.cavco.com/

[12] LivingHomes: http://www.livinghomes.net/primer.html

[13] Steve Glenn: http://www.livinghomes.net/viewPerson.html?id=1

[14] Nate Kredich: http://www.greenbiz.com/bio/nate-kredich

[15] USGBC: http://www.usgbc.org/

[16] The Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/

[17] Delta Wright: http://curated.com/AboutUs/Founders

[18] Curated!: http://curated.com/

[19] Steve Glenn: http://www.livinghomes.net/about.html

[20] Joe Eichler throughout California in the 50s and 60s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Eichler

[21] Cradle-to-Cradle: http://c2ccertified.org/

[22] Z6 Environmental Goals: http://www.livinghomes.net/services-z6.html

[23] Make It Right: http://www.makeitrightnola.org/

[24] William McDonough: http://www.mcdonough.com/

[25] + LivingHomes Unveils KierenTImberlake KTLH1.5 Home: http://inhabitat.com/kirantimberlake-and-livinghomes-unveil-leed-platinum-ktlh1-5-house/

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