Living Homes on Mill Creek
Community Rebuilds is excited to announce that we have registered four of our homes in the Living Building Challenge. We are undertaking the challenge with Salt Lake City design firm Architectural Nexus. Affordability is key in a living future and we want to prove that healthy and restorative buildings can and should be affordable for everyone. We believe that buildings can have a positive impact on our environment, not just a neutral one.
The Living Building Challenge is a certification system for regenerative buildings, which function as cleanly and efficiently as a flower. They are self-sufficient, collecting more energy and water than they use. They are deeply tied to place, and are built from simple, natural, local, non-toxic materials. They connect occupants with light, air, food, nature, beauty, and community. Find out more here.
Our LBC homes will are on our Mill Creek property which previously housed program interns. The existing house was deconstructed and the majority of materials have been salvaged and reused, donated, or recycled. The homes built on this site use fewer toxic materials, offset more carbon, and will be more water and energy efficient than our previous homes. They are pushing the boundaries and feature the first permitted residential composting toilets in state of Utah. We are excited to redefine the possibilities of our homes, the building industry, and affordable housing.