Brooks + Scarpa
The Nest LivingHome toolkit is an innovative “kit of parts” designed to address L.A.’s shortage of supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit provides a variety of different multi-family housing components that can be assembled as necessary to achieve the required bed count and resources. The adaptable solution can be scaled up or down to fit on any combination of typical urban lots, and meet the building requirements of each specific neighborhood.
The toolkit’s configurable layouts include dormitory spaces with communal kitchens and bathrooms, as well as self-contained apartments of varying sizes. Shared spaces are designed to operate with or without direct utility connections, allowing the units to be installed as temporary shelters or permanent supportive housing.
All variations of the Nest LivingHome are designed for efficient prefabrication at Plant, providing affordable housing groups and others a smart solution for almost any conceivable project or property. Like every LivingHome, the Nest LivingHome units are designed to meet net-zero standards and ship complete with best-in-class smart home technology and energy monitoring.
Variety of facades and finishes
Scalable kit of parts
Multi-family and/or supportive housing
Alexa-enabled smart home technology
Designed to meet both LEED Platinum and net-zero standards
Choice of finishes, fixtures, appliances, and smart home
Brooks + Scarpa
Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers, and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. They have garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways and have pioneered more holistic approaches to delivering affordable housing, sustainable architecture, and advances in social equity. The firm has been honored with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and many others.
Anatomy of a LivingHome
Your well-being is at the heart of our environmental health and sustainability program, Z6. Every LivingHome features:
Zero VOC paints, stains, and sealants
Mold-resistant, noncombustible drywall
Vents that automatically expel mold-causing humidity
Ample natural daylight
Open floor plans for excellent cross-ventilation
Minimal ductwork to reduce dust and allergens
Spaces that bring the outdoors in
We adhere to a strict environmental health and sustainability program dubbed Z6, which we developed to help us create homes that respect both human and natural systems. And in 2019 we pledged to become fully carbon neutral in our operations by 2028.
We reuse or recycle 80-90% of our construction waste. Our factory uses energy-efficient lighting, cooling, and machinery. We purchase CarbonFund credits to offset our impact.
Sensible building practices
We employ precision engineering to reduce construction waste. We utilize recycled building materials whenever possible. We create a tight building envelope and exceed Title 24 standard performance requirements.
Ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems
Energy Star appliances
Smart energy monitoring
Recycled, high-performance insulation
Drywall with the highest recycled content available (also mold-resistant and non combustible)
Low-flow water fixtures
Solar-ready or net-zero design
Our materials standards, patented building system, and rigorous quality control procedures result in extremely well-built, durable homes.
Our Plant Engineering System ensures design, structural, and manufacturing excellence from the first day of framing to the final walk-through.
Building is conducted in a controlled facility by full-time, highly-trained, and experienced tradespeople.
Materials are extensively researched and carefully vetted for durability and sustainability.
All homes are inspected and approved by state-certified inspectors.
Our standard homes are designed for the way you live, and they’re customizable to your tastes. LivingHomes incorporate functional details and a wide array of carefully-selected finishes, fixtures, appliances, and smart home technology for you to choose from.
Every LivingHome comes with best-in-class connectivity, virtual assistance, security, climate control, and energy monitoring, and you can personalize your smart home experience with your choice of upgrades, like Alexa voice-controlled entertainment streaming and appliances.
We’ll even teach you how to utilize all the benefits of your new smart home through a visit from an Amazon expert, who activates all devices and helps you set up personalized routines.