September came in fits and starts for us with the construction of Desert Lookout – the newest part of our Living Building Challenge Project. We took huge steps forward, followed by small sticking points, and then more big lurches forward. This is nothing new for a building outside of the traditional box and we continue to keep our enthusiasm for moving forward. Installing the Phoenix composting system was a huge mile stone for us. You can read more about how this component will compost and treat our blackwater here.
Tom and Glenn Nelson from Advanced Composting Systems in front of the newly installed black water composter.
Our new Phoenix will compost our black water – a very important part of the LBC water petal.
We’re very pleased to be including biophilia into our landscaping:
New plants for Desert Rain from Winter Creek Restoration are ready for planting.
Desert Lookout will have a hybrid insulation system which helps us manage expenses while maintaining a high level of insulation.
A hybrid insulation system is helping us manage expenses during construction while providing long-term benefits.
We moved beyond another challenge of building a LBC project, getting the eve trimmed back.
We had to trim back the original eve to allow for the solar collector.
The leak in our grey water cistern had to be repaired. A large fan was used to dry it out before applying a new layer of waterproofing.
Bob Buckmann with TVM was in the grey water cistern, checking on a new layer of waterproofing.
Richard from Clausen Drywall has been drywalling since he was a teenager, working for his dad.
Hand texture for the drywall is complete.
Jared and Scott from American Painting and Prefinish are staining the wood siding.
While we get ready for stonework, Winter Creek Restoration has been planting.
We’re ready for stonework.
Stonework on Desert Lookout.
Another month down. And we’re ready for October!