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Desert Rain House – LEED and LBC house!

This one is of particular interest, as the group has achieved LEED as well as Living Building Challenge building certifications. Ive reached out to Tom and he has been very instrumental in providing critical information that has helped in the design and strategy we have implemented in the project. Thanks Tom and you house looks fabulous!


When it first established the Living Building Challenge in 2006, the International Living Future Institute sought a way to make “communities socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.” In other words, it wanted to help create an eco-conscious future bent on sustainability and efficiency. While several interested parties heeded this challenge, the first — and only — true Living Building Challenge-certified home has popped up in the high desert of Bend, Oregon.

A project eight years in the making, the Desert Rain House — as it’s referred to — generates more energy than it uses and completely recycles its used water — no other home on the planet has a smaller impact on the environment. A six-year labor of love designed by architecture firm Tozer Design, the Desert Rain House is an utter marvel both inside and out. Adorned with shed and butterfly roofs and peppered with exposed timber, the home’s exterior fits perfectly amid its central Oregon environment. It’s something the architects — and the Living Building Challenge, for that matter — felt was incredibly important.

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