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Far from the polluted streets of Beirut, tucked between the hills of Baskinta, sits a futuristic-looking house with round edges, tall glass windows and a grass roof. Lifehaus, a project of Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad, was conceived around the idea of "earthship" -- an approach to building that uses on-site, natural and recycled materials. The prototype house also transcends traditional building norms, incorporating recycled construction materials and a structure made of used car tires filled in with dirt.Haddad said that in executing the house, he wanted to prove that ecologically conscious building does not have to cost more than a traditional construction. Haddad began his project by operating in uncharted territory. With over 15 years of experience in the sustainability sector, Karkour began consulting and running sustainability seminars in Lebanon 10 years ago.Karkour helped Haddad earn the first full green loan from the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation. Green loans, which offer low-interest financial support to projects that prove to have sustainability at their core, were initially designed to encourage environmentally viable technology features to be part of buildings.
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