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High Design, Low impact: Building LivingHomes

AIA Portland

Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

High Design, Low impact: Building LivingHomes

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As the visionary founder of LivingHomes, the award-winning prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction, Steve Glenn has become a leading voice within the sustainable building movement. 

The developer of the nation’s first LEED Platinum home, and with over nine LivingHomes in development that are designed to achieve LEED Platinum, Glenn is one of the more experienced builders of environmentally conscious homes in the United States.  While LivingHomes uses the LEED program for external review and validation, the company has established its own Z6 sustainable building goals, which serve as development objectives for each LivingHome, insuring that they have as close as possible to zero negative impact on health and environment.  The Z6 goals are Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon and Zero Ignorance.

Glenn will share his experiences working with leading architects, including Ray Kappe, FAIA, one the most celebrated modern architects in the US, and KieranTimberlake, the AIA 2009 Firm of the Year, to create LivingHomes.  He will discuss the specific elements that go into a LivingHome to achieve the Z6 goals and the process of building a LivingHome - from its factory construction to on-site installation in mere hours.  Attendees will gain new insights into sustainable design and prefabrication, and will be able to get any questions answered about building a LivingHome.


Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (, a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.  The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating and was the only home to win the AIA’s top sustainability award in 2007.  The second LivingHome was named Green Home of the Year by Green Home Builder Magazine.  Nine LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum.  Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked as with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa.  Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others.  Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including: GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio.  Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow.  Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund,, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group,  He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum,, and Watts House Project,  Glenn teaches courses at Pepperdine Business School and California State University, Long Beach.  He was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week, and Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by LA City Council/Faith2Green.

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403 NW 11th
Portland, 97209

Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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The American Institute of Architects, Portland.

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