2 of 4
A low-energy lifestyle

Built by Steve Glenn, who founded a Los Angeles construction firm named LivingHomes, and designed by the iconic Southern California architect Ray Kappe, this structure stands as one of the greenest private residences in the country. The 2,480-square-foot home is 80% more energy efficient than a conventional structure of similar size. It is the first house to receive a platinum LEED rating, the highest environmental standard set by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.

Glenn, who lives in the house, now has 17 more under construction that are based on his green design. Most of the elements in the Highland house derive from recycled materials or are manufactured using sustainable manufacturing processes. It took only one day for a crew with a large crane to assemble the skeleton of this home, a prefab built at a factory in Sante Fe Springs, Calif. That means the house was produced with 75% less construction waste than traditional home construction. Also, workers drove fewer trips to the site in polluting trucks.

The house cost $390 a square foot, or about $900,000 - some 25% less than typical high-end construction in that neighborhood. Glenn's monthly power bill is $10, compared with about $100 for a conventional house - a 90% savings.

Read more about LivingHomes' plans and philosophy.

NEXT: Making solar pay

LAST UPDATE: Jun 25 2008 | 10:48 AM ET
Find Business Answers
Ask a Question

Sponsored by
More Galleries
7 hot businesses to start now It's hard to predict what businesses will take off, but these startup ideas have been drawing tons of interest from entrepreneurs and their customers on Thumbtack.com. More
How will a minimum wage hike hit businesses? Thirteen states increased the minimum wage on Jan. 1, and President Obama supports raising the federal rate to $10.10. 4 small business owners weigh in on how an increase would affect them. More
America's favorite businesses From a science camp for girls to a kombucha brewer, communities around the country voted on their favorite small businesses. These 12 came out on top, each scoring a $250,000 grant from Chase and a trip to Google's headquarters. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.