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Lifehaus; the self-sufficient zero emissions, low cost house made from natural and recycled materials

Lifehaus; the self-sufficient zero emissions, low cost house made from natural and recycled materials

The idea of ​​creating this prototype arose in 2014 by the Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad and the Australian journalist specializing in the environment Nadine Mazloum. Since then, both have focused their efforts on promoting this new housing model, with theirfirst experimental test raised in the Lebanese town of Baskinta.

In this video you will be able to know in depth the construction process and the characteristics of this house, which combines comfort with the application of traditional construction methods and the use of natural materials available in the environment, to which recycled pieces and products are added. .

With a very clear background concept, which revolves around theself-sufficiency, the reduction of the carbon footprint and the lowest possible cost, the design corresponds to a house of 160 square meters. This area consists of a study with a living room, a mezzanine, a terrace, a greenhouse and a technical room.

To shape the construction, different types of material are used. Specifically, a fundamental part is based onlocal energy-efficient materials such as clay, rock, limestone, hemp, reed or hay. Regarding materials with an average energy consumption, the promoters opt for cement when in the area in which it is going to be built there is no availability of wood or bamboo for the roofs.Repurposed tires, glass bottles, or aluminum cans add to the bill of materials that shape Lifehouse.

The promoters of this house also rescued ancestral techniques for their first prototype by which, for example, ceramic is replaced by rammed clay for floors; while limestone makes the application of chemical paints and steel coatings, among others, unnecessary.

Created in a way that allows to retain heat and humidity, as well as to protect the interior from external weather conditions, this house isdesigned for off-grid operation and thus respond to those who live in areas without access to electricity. Thus,the design incorporates photovoltaic panels, as well as wind and hydraulic turbines to ensure household supply.

Also, this prototype takes into account the scarcity of water and how difficult it can be to access this resource. In this way, the houseIt is equipped with a system for collecting rainwater, in addition to using recycled water for irrigation. And this model also seeks to alleviate the lack of food that affects millions of people in the world, which is why these houses also includegreenhouse and a hydroponic growing system.


These are some of the distinctive elements of Lifehouse, a design with which its promoters intend to facilitate access to housing by offering a low-cost option. Specifically, the price per square meter would be reduced by half compared to that of a house built by yourself. In the case of a house built by professionals, the savings would be around 10%. The lower dependence on fuel and electricity would also mean significant savings for those who opt for this type of home, which will be offered in three categories: economy, standard and luxury.

More information at Lifehaus.

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