BUILDER LivingHome: A Glimpse Into Housing's Recovery

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2009 show home to be built on the exhibit floor at the 2009 International Builder Show

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Builders and design professional will appreciate this innovative yet practical and affordable solution.

BUILDER LivingHome, the 11th in a series of innovative and timely idea homes produced by BUILDER magazine in the host city of the annual International Builders' Show, will provide a real-world solution for the recovery and a sustainable future of the nation's housing industry.

Combining affordable factory-built construction methods, lifestyle-driven architecture, and a comprehensive commitment to sustainable design, building, and operation, BUILDER LivingHome addresses the three primary demands of today's homebuyers. "This home is truly a blueprint for the industry," says Warren Nesbitt, group publisher for BUILDER magazine, the leading publication for the housing industry and the official magazine of NAHB. "Builders and design professional will appreciate this innovative yet practical and affordable solution."

A Hybrid Approach
The 2,466-square-foot home is a two-story structure combing a modular building method and panelized wall sections, an efficient and practical example of "hybrid" homebuilding that reduces materials use and waste, delivers better-built homes faster, and is an increasingly affordable alternative to on-site practices.

"In the new housing economy, builders will seek out the best ways to deliver high-performance housing for increasingly demanding buyers," says Boyce Thompson, editorial director of BUILDER. "Combing technologies such as modular and panelization with an appropriate amount of on-site craftsmanship clearly produces the best product for everyone."

In fact, the hybrid approach to creating BUILDER LivingHome is the only way to place it on the exhibit floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth #C5288) for the annual Builders' Show. The four, near-complete modular sections will be moved and craned into place for final assembly and the panelized third bedroom and carport built within a fast-tracked, four-day schedule prior to the convention.

Design Excellence
BUILDER LivingHome is the first of a new line of prefabricated homes designed for Santa Monica, Calif.-based LivingHomes. The company's homes offer a variety of benefits for builders and homebuyers.

"This style enables open and flexible interiors, provides ample daylight and view options, and achieves the comfortable lifestyle of today's sophisticated homebuyers," says Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of LivingHomes. The home's modern design also leverages the modular production process. "The clean lines and simple forms of a modern home are easier and faster to build, especially in a factory where precision can be managed and assured," says Glenn. "BUILDER LivingHome, like all LivingHomes, features an extremely comprehensive environmental program, which dramatically reduces the water and energy the home requires for operation, as well as construction waste and indoor air pollution."

BUILDER LivingHome's four modules, two per level, will create the public areas on the first floor (including an open kitchen-dining-living room arrangement and a generous bonus room), and the master suite and a secondary bedroom and bathroom upstairs.

Commitment to Green
In addition to an off-site building process that makes better use of materials and a design that promotes passive solar and daylighting benefits to offset mechanical systems, BUILDER LivingHome showcases the housing industry's maturing selection of environmentally friendly building products from some of its leading suppliers.

All of the show home sponsors, including Andersen Windows, Whirlpool, Kraftmaid, and Kohler, underwent a vigorous review process by Glenn and his staff to ensure their products met a high environmental standard. All of them are exhibiting at IBS, giving attendees the opportunity to get more information about their respective commitment to green building.

"The industry has matured to the point where proven environmental benefits and performance are available in mainstream products, often at quality level and costs that compare to non environmentally conscious products," says Glenn. "The housing industry has no excuse not to build sustainable homes."

BUILDER LivingHome will debut at booth #C5288 at the 2009 International Builders' Show on Tues., January 20, and be open for free guided tours during exhibit hall hours through Friday, January 23. For more information, including profiles of the project team and sponsors and a virtual tour of the house, go to or

2009 BUILDER LivingHome sponsors include:

Andersen Windows & Doors
Whirlpool Corporation

Kohler Company

Klip BioTechnologies
Propane Education & Research Council
Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products

Beam Central Vacuums by Electrolux
Crossville, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Energy Saving Products, Ltd.
Ford Motor Company
Generac Power Systems
Goodman Manufacturing Company
iLevel by Weyerhaeuser
Lyptus by Weyerhaeuser
Owens Corning
Rinnai Corporation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Therma-Tru Doors
Typar Weather Protection System
Uponor, Inc.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source. Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.

About LivingHomes®
Founded by CEO Steve Glenn, LivingHomes ( is a premier developer of modern, prefab homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. LivingHomes are made in specially equipped factories that ensure unsurpassed quality, lower construction costs and waste and a shorter construction schedule. 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 (see below). The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, was the first in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum and was the only home to win the AIA's top sustainability award in 2007. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals who want a more cost- and time-effective way to integrate homes that feature high design and low environmental impact into their projects.

About Profile Structures, Inc.
Since January, 1965, Feser Construction Co., and subsequently Profile Structures, Inc, has become one of the leading manufacturers of modular, light commercial buildings. Located in Santa Fe Springs, California, this company has applied assembly line production techniques to the manufacture of permanent, fully equipped, code-approved structures for varied commercial use. Utilizing pre-engineered components, custom buildings are produced in a matter of weeks from the approval of plans to occupancy. By virtue of their modular construction, the buildings can be inexpensively relocated at a future date if needed.

About KieranTimberlake
KieranTimberlake, L is an award-winning and internationally published architecture firm noted for its research, and innovative design and planning services. Founded in 1984 in Philadelphia by Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA, the firm is comprised of fifty four professionals, who reflect the firm's commitment to the highest quality in design and client service. Educated at the nation's finest universities, each of these professionals contributes a vital knowledge of architecture, construction and a conscientious execution and delivery of products. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors recently awarded KieranTimberlake with the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award based on its proven consistent ability to accept complex challenges and envision design of elegant distinction.

About Color Design Art
Founded in 1970, Color Design Art ( is one of the country's premier merchandising firms for the builder/developer community, having introduced the builder/designer team concept to the industry and completed nearly 4000 projects nationwide. Under the leadership of president Don Anderson, the company enjoys the reputation of being a leader in both lifestyle design and in-depth consumer research. A recipient of over 350 industry awards, Color Design Art remains committed to staying in touch with the latest consumer, marketing and design trends, and to translating those trends into the highest level of quality and efficiency in both product and service.


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