LivingHomes® is a developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. LivingHomes offers two lines of single and multi-family designs, one created by Ray Kappe, FAIA, the founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the other by KieranTimberlake, the AIA 2008 Firm of the Year. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, was the first in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum and was the only home to win the AIA’s top sustainability award in 2007. Green Builder Magazine home selected the second as the Green Home of the Year. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals.
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Announcing the first LivingHomes project to come to Canada. These four unique, factory-built, contemporary dwellings are being developed by Nexterra Green Homes and will create an eco-enclave of LivingHomes in North Toronto.
“It’s an idea we’ve been working on for several years and now we’re ready to create the first LivingHomes community in Canada,” states Gary Lands, from Nexterra Green Homes. “Our respect for Steve Glenn and his product is huge. We chose the right partners, the right product and the right site. It’s a smart business move that will result in impeccably designed, healthier homes with smaller ecological footprints.”
The idea of an eco-enclave is the brainchild of Lands and his co-managing director in Nexterra Green Homes, Barry Campbell. “We are essentially creating an eco oasis of sustainable luxury in the middle of the city: four homes on a large, lush ravine lot that offer modern design, natural and healthy materials, exceptional energy efficiency, and fabricated for minimal construction waste,” says Campbell. “And we’re doing it in a way that causes minimal disruption to the surrounding neighbourhood.”
The first Canadian LivingHome (LHRK 6.2), designed by world-class architect Ray Kappe, FAIA, will arrive by transport trailers at the North Toronto, Senlac Road location and be installed in less than three days. Not only is the model specially fabricated for Canadian climate, but the site requirements also differ from California installations.
“The biggest difference is the insulation factor. Simply put, we worked with LivingHomes to ‘Canadianize’ the design. We have specified triple paned Argon gas insulated windows and sliding doors, up to R38 closed cell blow in insulation, and R50 roofing insulation. We maximized geothermal technology for both heating and cooling and included a large and functional basement,” says Lands.
Other key features in the LHRK 6.2 LivingHome include a modern, open floor plan with 2132 square feet of interior living space in addition to over 1000 square feet of basement, 1000 square feet of exterior multi-level decking and a two-car garage. A unique, glass enclosed stair tower brings in the light and reduces the need for other lighting. The finest responsible finishes are used throughout including locally manufactured, recycled or recyclable products such as recycled quartz countertops, low emitting carpets, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood for flooring.
Water-wise design is achieved through low flow, high efficiency and high-end plumbing fixtures, an on-demand hot water heating system, a rainwater catchment system and grey water ready considerations. The tight building envelope system features brick, FSC certified siding and a fiber cement composite rainscreen to keep moisture away from house. Topping it off is the green roof for reduced energy consumption and beautification.
Nexterra is seeking the highest LEED certifications available for the houses in this project. Other LivingHomes have achieved at least Gold LEED certification and some have achieved Platinum, the highest possible designation awarded by the United States Green Building Council and also available here in Canada from the Canada Green Building Council.