The last I checked in with LivingHomes, the green prefab (and occasionally non-prefab) pioneer was hosting sexy eco-underwear photo shoots at the LivingHome Santa Monica, the first LEED Platinum-certified home in the U.S. Prior to that, I took a look at the firm’s second multifamily project, a Ray Kappe-designed triplex in Los Altos, California, with questionable non-lawn décor.

Today, I’m pleased to share news that LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn and the rest of the LH team is debuting the company’s first affordable (starting at $179,000) LEED Platinum prefab home. Dubbed the LivingHome C6, this Joseph Eichler-inspired three-bed/two-bath home meets LivingHomes’ stringent “Z6” environmental goals: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance.

In an interesting switch-up, the LivingHomes staff designed the 1,232-square-foot (that’s about $145 per square foot) C6 instead of employing the likes of Ray Kappe or Kieran Timberlake to oversee the design. The "C" in C6 comes from the courtyard-centric home's shape: "A spine houses an open kitchen; a dining and living space and two perpendicular legs hug the courtyard and contain the bedrooms and storage," explains a fact sheet released by LivingHomes. Phoenix-based modular builder Cavco is behind the production of the three-module home, which, by the way, can be fully constructed in less than two months in Cavco’s factories and installed on-site in just one day.

According to LivingHomes, the C6 is the fastest and easiest to build LivingHome model to date while also boasting the most comprehensive environmental program of any production home out there.

And then there’s this: The C6 is being launched in collaboration with none other than Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation. As part of the partnership, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each C6 will directly benefit the green rebuilding nonprofit in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. "We’re excited to partner with LivingHomes to help make well-designed, sustainable houses more affordable and available in other parts of the country,” said Tom Darden, executive director of Make It Right.

Just a few green features of the LivingHome C6 include cork flooring, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, Kohler low-flow water fixtures, Trex Decking, a rooftop photovoltaic system, an energy monitoring system, a Nest thermostat, Andersen low-E windows, greywater hook-ups, the use of recycled building materials throughout and, drum roll, please … William McDonough-designed zinc door handles.

The Living C6 is believed to be the first production home to incorporate Cradle to Cradle-inspired materials.

Says McDonough in a press release announcing the C6:

In so many ways I have been getting a handle on and finding large and small ways to open the door to the beneficial, 100% Cradle to Cradle future. Now, having worked with chemist Michael Braungart to make Cradle to Cradle Certification (CM) freely available to the public through the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, I am now also putting my hand and eye to designing products that inherently contain and render visible the surprise and delights of Cradle to Cradle design. Collaborating with LivingHomes on this little piece of jewelry has been a joy.

Head on over to LivingHomes to take a virtual tour of the Livinghome C6 and to learn more about the home’s features and benefits and the build/buy process.

Want to see this low-cost prefab beauty in the flesh? If you're in Southern California then you're in luck as the LivingHome C6 has not one but two Home Depot-sponsored show models that will be open for public tours. The first, with interiors by Jamie Bush, is on display (Feb. 17 to 26) in beautiful Palm Springs as part of the town’s Modernism Week festivities. The second is installed at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, site of the upcoming TED 2012 conference. That Curated-decorated home will be open to the public from Feb. 18 to 25.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

LivingHomes goes low-impact, low-cost with C6
In collaboration with the Make It Right foundation and William McDonough, the green prefab powerhouse debuts a LEED Platinum home starting at $179,000.