The C6 homes are built to use as little energy as possible, and that all of the needed power is self-generated, or comes from renewable sources. To this end, all the prefab C6 homes come with solar panels for harvesting energy, and are equipped with low energy lights and appliances. When it comes to water efficiency, C6 homes use about 40% less water than an average home, which is achieved via the use of low-flow fixtures the grey water being collected for irrigation.
Furthermore, only paints, treatments and materials that are free of emissive pollutants are used in the construction process. The homes are also equipped with motion-sensing vents to stop mold formation. The prefab homes are also surrounded by outdoor plants, which are capable of absorbing gasses.
The firm also strives to maintain a low level of carbon emissions produced in the manufacture, transport of materials and building phases of the C6 construction, while also trying to offset whatever is produced. To meet this goal, they mostly used reclaimed and recycled materials, while also trying to source as much materials locally as possible.
The “zero ignorance” area of their grading system refers to informing C6 owners about the environmental impact of their actions. To meet this goal, the homes come with an energy monitoring system that allows the inhabitants to be fully aware of the resources they are using and in what quantities.
The first C6 home was constructed in Los Angeles in 2013. It measures 1,232 sq ft (114 sq m), and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The next one will be installed in Joshua Tree, while on-site work for a third home has already begun in San Diego and will be completed in June.