A LEED Platinum Home for $159,000?

When it comes to green building, small is not only beautiful, but often the key to affordability. But will Americans accustomed to mega-homes make the leap to a snug abode, offering relief to both their pocketbooks and the environment? With its new C6.2 model, greenfab manufacturers Living Homes of Santa Monica, Calif., aims to find out.

The two-bedroom, two-bath, 1100-square-foot C6.2 was designed to achieve LEED Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council. Built by Cavco, it’s available in most states for a basic cost of $159,500 ($145/square foot) — and for a simple, flat site, foundation, transportation and installation costs, you can factor in another $30,000-40,000. All told, the total cost of the home skates in under $200,000.

Living Homes C6.2

image via Living Homes

Oh, and if you’re in a hurry to have a home of your own, not to worry: the C6.2 is constructed in the factory in less than two months and installed on the site of your choice in one day.

Green features of the C6.2 include energy-efficient lighting and appliances, a smart heating/AC control system, recycled and Cradle to Cradle-inspired materials, low-flow water fixtures, a gray-water-ready plumbing setup and VOC-free millwork and finishes. The home offers real-time feedback on the household’s energy usage, and carbon offsets are included in the home’s purchase price to counter the energy used in creating the home.

More information on the C6.2 and its various configurations is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply May 31, 2012

    Gregory Korthase

    Great Article.  Love that green prefabricated homes are becoming affordable!  You mentioned Greenfab Manufacturing in your article.  Does Living Homes use Greenfab (www.greenfab.com) to manufacture their homes?

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