Designed by the founder of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. Pursuing all petals of the Living Building Challenge 2.1 and destined to become one of the world’s greenest homes.

Check out http://heronhall.softfirmstudios.net/ to find out more about the design and design philosophy.

I am especially fond of the kitchen cabinet and casework series that follows the Living Building Challenge principles (FSC wood, free of red-listed chemicals, solid built to last with reuse and recycling in mind).

The project design also builds on the idea of leveraging the benefits of prefabrication without sacrificing the connection to the uniqueness of the site and location:

My belief is that the future of home construction is a blend between prefabricated elements and modular construction in conjunction with site built elements, useful where the limits of prefab begin to limit design and form.  Quality pre-fabrication saves resources, minimizes waste and allows for a more strict control of costs.
When used properly it can greatly improve a project environmental and economic performance.  But it can also drive a ‘sameness’ and rigidity in geometry due to the limitations of shipping and factory parameters. Modular construction paired with prefabricated elements like structural insulated panels, building trusses and the like all further improve efficiency but with less design rigidity.  Yet there is also something special about the more labor intensive, site built, traditional methods of construction that can give a building ‘soul’.  A proper blending of each construction family, for the right reasons, in the right locations, can result in a powerful and effective palette for construction.