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.