Back in June, I shared photos of the first LEED Platinum certified home in the United States (it gained the title back in 2006), a Ray Kappe-designed Santa Monica stunner from LivingHomes. At the time, it was open for public tours to concur with Dwell on Design.
Now, a just-as-gorgeous modern prefab abode in the Orange County, Calif., city of Newport Beach is the latest LivingHome to join the illustrious ranks of LEED Platinum projects (check out the Costa Mesa Green Home, the first LEED Platinum home in Orange County here). A-list architecture firm, Kieran Timberlake, designed the LivingHome Newport Beach; eco-interiors are by Kristin Kilmer Designs.
According to a release issued by LivingHomes, the LivingHome Newport Beach (which served as a demo home during the 2009 TED conference in Long Beach) was designed to “achieve the ‘Z6’ environmental goals LivingHomes strives to achieve with its homes: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance.” Among the eco-specs of the home are rooftop photovoltaics, low-flow fixtures, bio-composite wood siding, high-performance windows, recycled glass tiles, and more. The prefabricated modules that make up the home are constructed from recycled steel and engineered lumber. Bonus point: the home is just a block from the beach.
Head on over to LivingHomes to read more about and view the floor plan of this specific Living Home model, KT1.5 (it starts at $508,700 in case you were wondering). More photos of the home both pre- and post-installation are also available at the LivingHomes Flickr photostream. And if you’re in the Orange County area, mark your calendars: the LivingHome Newport Beach is open for public tours on Oct. 9-10. 

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

Prefabulous in the OC: The LivingHome Newport Beach
Another Southern California beach town gets a LEED Platinum Certified LivingHome. This green prefab beauty is in the ritzy heart of Orange County, Newport Beach