LivingHomes Prefab in BusinessWeek


This week’s edition of BusinessWeek has a feature on LivingHomes and entrepreneur Steve Glenn, founder of the company.  Glenn is a leader in the growing movement that is green prefab — modern, prefabricated homes built with sustainability in mind.  The BusinessWeek feature also includes a slide show of the first LEED-H Platinum certified home in the country, and some of photos are pictured above and below.


Glenn’s house is the prototype for LivingHomes.  LivingHomes sells prefabricated houses designed by Ray Kappe for about $250 per square foot (not including land, site development, or transportation).  A manufacturing facility built this house, and, generally speaking, green features add about 20% to the base cost of the home while generating about $1,500 in savings per year.

This house is perfect for design-savvy, eco-concerned customers.  Sometimes you have to pay a little more for nice things, so here are some green numbers that the article points out:

  • Recycled Water System:  $20,000
  • Ventilation (whole house ceiling fan from Tamarack Technologies):  $1,200
  • Fireplace (EcoSmart fireplace from Fire Co. is flue-less):  $?
  • Hot Water (radiant heating system by Apricus Solar):  $33,000
  • Living Roof (garden & deer grass roof by Great Outdoors Landscaping):  $8,000
  • Electricity (Scott Corp. photovoltaic panels for up to 80% of house needs):  $12,000 (after $13,000 in state rebates & federal tax credits).
  • Lighting (bright bars of light diodes from American Permalight):  $95 per bar
  • Windows (double-pane glass from Pilkington Group & sliding doors from Fleetwood Windows and Doors):  $33,000 for entire house.





Photo credits: Tom Bonner for BusinessWeek.

Article tags: , , ,
  • Michael

    The LivingHomes prototype will also have a website where you can see real-time energy produced by solar panels, electricity consumption, etc. This will be online in the next few weeks, so check back soon!

  • katie

    hi. i was wondering if anyone knows how to contact Great Outdoors Landscaping? I think that roof is fabulous and wonder if they are using telescopic paver supports to leave room for drainage and ventilation. Thanks

  • PK – Jetson Green

    Michael – thank you very much for that piece of information. The sustainable building world will be watching excitedly to see the results.

    Katie – that’s a great question. Steve Glenn is very approachable and if he’s come across your comments, I have a feeling that you may get an answer on this blog or emailed directly to you. You might try to email LivingHomes directly at Feel free to post your findings in this comment thread as you find out the answer. Thanks!

  • sabine haddad

    plz i would like to know how much does this house cost. do u ship to other countries like lebanon for example.. thank u

  • Taneem Shahid

    Well the house looks amazing, was thinking the same as Sabine. It would be quite an achievement to have a house of this feature to be imported to Bangladesh. Plz help!

  • Salim Boykin

    Are ther floorplans for this project?

  • Mark

    Ventless (flueless) fireplaces are considered bad practice for Indoor Air quality, and not allowed under any circumstances in the LEED for Homes Standard.  How can LivingHomes claim to have the first certified LEED Home with a ventless fireplace?

  • Mark

    Also, a Whole House fan does not constitute compliant ventilation per ASHRAE Standard 62.2 (Residential), required by LEED for Homes.  Was this home actually certified, or just signed up in the program, but never completed?

Popular Topics on Jetson Green