Living Vehicle Inc.’s founder, Matthew Hofmann is a LEED AP certified architect with almost a decade of experience living full-time in mobile spaces and designing custom solutions for the unique challenges of small space living. For him, sustainability is a sieve that all design decisions must first pass through. (See Hofmann Architecture for more background info).
The guiding vision of sustainability behind Living Vehicle is a two-fold approach that encompasses the environmental impact of the product as well as the effect that it has on the lifestyle of the user.
From a product perspective, LV features self-containment, low impact materials, and an unprecedented lifespan.
The capacity for life to endure in a sustainable way means relying less on external means. To enhance it’s off-grid capability, LV is equipped with 4 150 watt solar panels, 4 12 volt lithium ion batteries, and a 3000 watt power inverter. With the inclusion of a 100 gallon freshwater tank and oversized storage compartments, LV can support two people living comfortably in remote wilderness areas for extended periods of time. Our ten-year goal is to incorporate technology for LV to produce its own water and food resources to achieve complete self-sustainability.
The all-aluminum build of LV is an essential component of its sustainable design. Aluminum is a lightweight, highly durable material that lasts forever and is completely recyclable. Unlike conventional tiny homes and RV that are composed of wood, LV is built to last for generations.
From a social perspective, a sustainable living space must act as a catalyst for a more sustainable lifestyle. Matthew Hofmann often asks, “why work for a house that does not work for you?” First and foremost, Living Vehicle emphasizes comfort to promote a symbiotic relationship between the user and the living space. This is evident in the vessel’s open spaces, high ceilings, influx of natural light, and spa-style bathroom. Technology is used solely as a means to enhance the user’s experience without ever distracting from life. By offering a fundamental better quality of being as opposed to a perceived quality, LV encourages the user to focus on the values that matter most such as connection to nature and community. This increased sense of autonomy is the fabric of intentional living and the key to a sustainable lifestyle.
Quotes from founder and head architect, Matthew Hofmann:
- “Living Vehicle is our contribution to providing a sustainable and intentional lifestyle. It’s a fully functioning home that can take on the mobile demands of any lifestyle, all the while promoting a revival in the appreciation of elegant simplicity in our culture.”
- “Why work for a house that doesn’t work for you?”
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