PROJECTS IN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Living Systems (Sustainable Architecture and Building Group (LSSA & LSBG) generally have several projects going at one time…. one or two in design and one or two under construction. However, Living Systems pledges to always limit their projects so that their clients are assured integrity of service.
An amazing NET-PLUS home in Prescott, Arizona.
What is a “Net-Plus” home? It is a home that provides more energy and water than needed. The result…. energy returned to the grid (for a profit) and water returned to the earth to replenish local aquifers. This well-constructed and highly insulated building meets European standards that are at least 20 years ahead of those in the United States. It also exceeds most LEED standards.
The project took 15 months to complete — from initial groundwork to native landscaping — due to the highly innovative, state of the art technologies including in this remarkable home:
• High efficiency (R-32) mass walls with a low carbon footprint
• High R-value roof: R-50
• Tri-door insulating system that raise all doors to total R-10.5
• All windows R-7
• 18,000 gallon water harvesting storage system
• Night sky radiation (NSR) cooling system
• Light reflector decks
• Super high efficient insulation
• Heat recovery ventilators
• Graywater recycling to flush toilets
• Water sequestering landscape avoids run-off and recharges aquifer
READ MORE: Follow the entire Construction Process of this “Net-Plus” home…..
OBF Cultural & Educational Center – Lagos, Nigeria
Acting as Special Consultant for Poured Earth, Training and Architectural Design, LSSA is helping to make an impact upon the larger community of Lagos…..socially, culturally and economically.
Ovie Brume Foundation: This memorial project in honor of the late Ovie Brume, is both a Youth Centre and Library and Resource Centre. Expected to break ground in late spring, 2015, this private cultural and educational project is to be built in the heart of the southeastern expansion of Lagos, Nigeria.
The concept for this low to zero maintenance building draws from local traditional earthen architecture and translates this to contemporary culture, both in design and in construction. Community participation (including local craftsman) and ecological solutions are to be highlighted in order to raise awareness of the potential for an environmentally conscious approach to building. Methods used in construction will also be simple enough for any standard builder in Lagos to understand. The Ovie Brume Foundation project, in partnership with Mappmundi Design and in collaboration with other international Special Consultants such as LSSA, will offer hands on training to local community members.
Living Systems is led by architect Michael Frerking who specializes in a revolutionary building technique called Form Free Poured Earth. We offer sustainable architecture services including Design/Build and consulting, and provide Poured Earth Training and Certification. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more or start a conversation about your next project.