CEO of LivingHomes & Plant Prefab
Steve Glenn is CEO of Plant Prefab, Inc., a spinout of LivingHomes, which is the first home factory in the country focused on sustainable, high quality, urban infill construction. Plant was funded by Obvious Ventures. Glenn is the founder and Managing Manager of LivingHomes, LLC, a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. Thirteen LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold, making the company one of the most experienced designers of homes at the highest level of LEED certification. LivingHomes have garnered significant industry recognition including the AIA’s top sustainable award, Green Builder Magazine’s Home of Year, Business 2.0 “World’s 11 Coolest Products,” and Business Week’s “Architectural Wonders of the World.”
Glenn is a co-founder and chair of the Sustainable Business Council, co-founder of the Kaia Parker Dance Endowement, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group and the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum. He was a a Judge for the US Energy Department’s 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post. Glenn holds two patents.
The Rise of Factory-built Housing: Episode 4
In the summer of 2016, the world’s tallest modular building at 32 stories high was completed at 461 Dean Street in Brooklyn, NY. Once the building’s apartment modules were completed at a factory located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they were transported to the development site and essentially stacked one on top of another into a high-rise building. To the dismay of its original backers, the building was delivered years late, riddled with construction problems, and the subject of a costly litigation. Still, excitement about modular construction in New York abounds with new projects under development.