Most homes, today, are built to minimum standards regarding health, safety, durability, and energy efficiency. While they can be attractive on the outside, they generally are not comfortable spaces in terms of heating and cooling and tend to require more maintenance and often directly contribute to poor health due to the toxic nature of many of the common building products used in construction.
In contrast, the homes designed by LSSA are built to exacting, state of the art, standards regarding health, durability, comfort, use of energy, and use of resources such as water, building materials and products that exceed LEED standards. Therefore, due to their intrinsic value, homes designed by LSSA stand apart from the usual "custom" home because they provide a balance between quality living for today and a sound investment for the future.
Living System's goal is also to create a real budget rather than a hopeful one. Working as contractor with the client, steps are taken throughout the design process to assure cost control.
Design/Build your sustainable office or commercial space .....
Living Systems' Design/Build has undertaken several commercial projects including a medical building in Showlow, Arizona, and the rammed earth building that is home to Prescott Dentistry in Prescott, Arizona.
The OBF Cultural and Educational Center • Lagos, Nigeria
At present, LSSA is involved in a large project in Lagos, Nigeria, as Special Consultant for Poured Earth, Training and Architectural Design. The project – a large cultural and educational center -- is scheduled to begin in late spring, 2015. READ MORE about this project…..
Living Systems has undertaken sustainable remodels of all kinds – from complete redesign to creating sunrooms and outside decks. This is an excellent choice, adding architectural value while substantially reducing energy costs. Substantial tax credits are available and Living Systems will help guide you through the process. (READ "Commentary by John McLean regarding how to save money)
Full remodel of home: before and after
Addition of western facing deck and overhang: before and after
Living Systems is available nationally and internationally for phone conferences, online meetings, weekly check-ins, Design/Build projects.
• HIGH MASS WALLS: Passive Solar Heating and Cooling
(Read: power point presentation on High Mass)
• ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS: Easy Ways to Green Your Home
(Read articles from EcoZene)
• THE BENEFITS OF POURED EARTH TECHNOLOGY
(READ about Poured Earth)