Who would have thought an amazing home like this would be made from waste materials?! Lifehaus blends low-cost off-grid appeal with luxurious taste. A combo most would struggle to achieve. Lifehaus is a Lebanon-based company founded by Nizar Haddad, which pioneers energy-neutral dwellings made from recycled materials sourced locally. In these green homes, one would bid farewell to utility bills as the home can generate its own electricity. The home also accommodates green fingered people as it’s built to assist people to grow their own food.
The homes created by Lifehuas don’t just offer environmental conscious consumers a sustainable option, but also addresses many societal issues in Lebanon, such as the current garbage crisis they face in Beirut.
Lifehaus homes include a greenhouse for growing vegetables and solar panels for generating renewable energy. It promotes sustainable water use through rainwater collection and graywater reuse. And all this comes at about half the price of a Lebanese house!
Lifehaus aims to offer housing options that provide a way of life more in touch with the Earth, which will address critical issues in its communities. The main factor behind Lebanon’s desertification is the construction industry itself, where several mountains and hills have been turned into wastelands due to the demands of conventional buildings. This is an issue Nizar would like to tackle with his company, Lifehaus.
Lebanon has been suffering from a trash epidemic, and the crisis propelled the team into action in 2015, according to Media Representative Nadine Mazloum. She said, “As garbage was left on the streets for months at a time, we felt that we could no longer wait and so dedicated ourselves fully to Lifehaus.”
Lifehaus treasures waste as it is used to build their beautiful homes. They also allow for composting organic trash for use in the garden as fertiliser.
Passive design keeps a Lifehaus home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The homes can be partially buried, with the roofs offering additional food-growing space or manicured lawns. This helps them be more earthquake-resistant and minimises heat loss. The homes’ low-cost design could work for housing in developing countries, especially those in Africa, or for refugees. Lifehaus is inspired by several concepts and organisations such as Earthship, and creator Michael Reynolds has endorsed the project.
Lifehaus draws on ancestral building techniques, such as using mud and clay as opposed to concrete, and treating those materials with linseed oil and lime. Construction on the first 1,722 square foot prototype has begun in Baskinta, Lebanon, and Lifehaus hopes to get the community involved.
Mazloum states, “Now is the time for the human species to reconcile with nature. Our collective lifestyles are no longer sustainable. The Lifehaus is not just about building a house, it’s about community and communication. We hope to reinforce the feeling of being in a community and communicating a strong message that yes, we can all make a change no matter how dark the world seems.”