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Brad Pitt partnership builds eco-friendly homes

AFP   February 24, 2012
First Published: 14:54 IST(24/2/2012) | Last Updated: 18:34 IST(24/2/2012)

A new range of easily assembled, eco-friendly, affordable LEED certified homes is now available across the United States thanks to a partnership between construction company LivingHome and Make It Right -- a non-profit founded by movie star Brad Pitt.

The new LEED-certified homes, which occupy 1,232 square feet (114.45 square meters), feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a lighting system that can be controlled via an iPhone and cost $179,000.

These new ranges of energy efficient homes, known as LivingHome C6, became available across the USA on February 17 and were designed as part of a partnership with Make It Right -- a nonprofit founded by international movie star Brad Pitt to help victims of hurricane Katrina. 

The houses, billed as the ‘first low cost LivingHome,' are both LEED and Energy Star certified and use recycled and recyclable materials, renewable power sources and provide owners with real-time feedback about their energy consumption; more information about the houses can be found via the LivingHome website.

Highly efficient LEED-certified buildings are increasing in popularity across the United States, and in January this year Mississippi State University attracted widespread media attention when the Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women constructed a LEED-certified house for its members. 

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