In the middle of Lebanon, a housing revolution is underway. The Lifehaus project transforms preconceived notions of small-scale living with innovative dwellings that blend environmentalism with technology, farming and self-sufficiency. The Lifehaus is the world’s first 100-percent, self-sustainable home in the Middle East, utilizing recycled and upcycled materials and ancestral building methods.
Most importantly, Lifehaus suggests that a trend of homes inspired by nature is in our near future, and that buildings can adapt to nature, not vice-versa. For people who are eco-conscious, home construction can be a tricky spot. In the United States, for example, 6 percent of all carbon emissions come from building construction and materials, according to the United States Energy Information Administration.
“It is time that we adapt to the Earth, not the Earth adapts to us,” the Lifehaus team says on its website. These adaptations center on consumption: how we utilize water, how much electricity and power we use, where we get our food from, and how big our dwellings are.
“Leading a high-consumer lifestyle is not compatible with the Lifehaus project, seemingly since unconscious consumption and the destruction of the planet go hand in hand,” the project’s website says. “Adjusting our way of life is key to creating a sustainable, eco-friendly culture –one that suits both the Lifehaus and the environment.”