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Forever Home Design Challenge

Read the unabridged rules online here or download them here.


Architecture for Humanity Denver (AfH) and Open Tech Forever (OTF) are demonstrating that it is possible to build an open source, compressed earth block (CEB) house that meets the Living Building Challenge 2.1 standard.

We invite you to join our international call to action. Enter the contest and help us design a CEB home that we will build in the Spring of 2014 on our 40 acre site in Denver, Colorado.

We will document each home design and the systemic body of knowledge that informs this process, so that anyone in the world can both learn from and contribute to the project. This is an open source house for the world. The Forever Home.

Email Signup

Sign up here to receive updates and invitations to free, live online workshops with sustainable building experts.

How to Enter

  1. Fill out the entry form.
  2. Pay the entry fee ($20 minimum*) via PayPal or credit card here.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email from us.

*Contributions above $20 will go toward the construction of the Forever Home - Thank You

How to Submit Your Design

Email Entry:

Subject: Forever Home Design Submission

Mail-In Entry:

1451 South Dahlia St

Denver, CO 80222

C/O Katie Donahue


The deadline to register for the challenge is January 1st, 2014.


Read the complete contest rules here or download them here.

This project uses the Living Building Challenge 2.1 (PDF) standard in addition to rules linked above.


Feel free to post questions here. You can also access the questions section (Issues) from the menu on the right side of this page (login required).

Collaborate With Us

Throughout the duration of the design challenge, we invite you to contribute to the wiki and join us for online video hangouts with sustainable building experts.

Contributing to the Wiki

You happen to be on the Forever Home Design Challenge Wiki right now. We encourage you to add information about compressed earth block construction and other relevant forms of green building. Here's a handy list of instructions to help you get started:

  1. Create a Github account (or click Sign In at the top of this page to log in with Google/Facebook/Twitter).
  2. When logged in, you will see an option at the top of this page to create new wiki pages or edit existing ones. A great example would be a page called Building Permits covering how to set yourself up for success when applying for a permit. Actionable knowledge is key.

Video Hangouts With Experts

Check back or check your email inbox for news about upcoming online events. Our goal is to learn from one another and document/share what we discover for the benefit of everyone.

Thank You

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