LivableHouse is an open-ended, �stick�-based, self-help building system for building homes for families. It comprises:
- A common structural system that is mass manufactured and easy to transport. As the manufacturing process is simple, it is capable of production in locations that are close to at a place of large-scale application
- Common building services and equipment such as sanitary fittings, a rainwater capture and storage system, and equipment for the catching and utilizing solar and/or wind energy. In many cases, these can be procured locally.
- Common functional elements such as doors and windows. These too can, in many cases, procured locally. However, external supply options will need to exist to avoid price fixing or other trade practices that are contrary to the objectives of the LivableHouse concept. This applies to the manufacture, supply and transport of all elements of the LivableHouse building system.
- Infill panels that can be mass produced and flat-packed for transport (eg, to locations of natural or man-made disasters). Alternatively they can be produced locally (eg, from local materials), or that are produced to suit local conditions (eg, climatic) or local preferences (eg, appearance)- The option to add an �umbrella� type (ie, non-structural) roof to suit local circumstances and preferences.