Santa Monica-based green building specialist LivingHomes has unveiled the C6, the company's first affordable (starting at $179,000) LEED Platinum prefab home. Designed with a post-Katrina New Orleans in mind, the C6 meets LivingHomes' ambitious "Z6" environmental goals: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance.
The "C" in the name comes from the house's "C" shape. As the fact sheet explains, "A spine houses an open kitchen; a dining and living space and two perpendicular legs hug the courtyard and contain the bedrooms and storage." The three modules contain a total of 1,232 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The C6 comes with a celebrity endorsement as well. The design was created in collaboration with Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation, and partial proceeds of C6 sales will go directly to the nonprofit's green building efforts in New Orleans' Ninth Ward.
A few of the design's green features cork flooring, a rooftop photovoltaic system, an energy monitoring system, a Nest thermostat, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, low-flow water fixtures, and greywater hook-ups. The building materials, much of which are recycled, were inspired by "Cradle to Cradle" -- the bestselling green manufacturing book penned by Make It Right co-founder William McDonough.
Visit the LivingHomes website for more C6 information, or to design your own custom virtual floorplan.