Liv-Connected launches a modular approach to home design and a solution to the growing housing shortage | New
New York-based startup Liv-Connected has released a modular approach to housing that tackles the residential construction market’s material and skilled labor shortages and limited housing inventory.
Co-founded by architects Jordan Rogove, Wayne Norbeck, Joe Wheeler, and healthcare professional Dr. Herb Rogove in 2019 (Jordan Rogove and Wayne Norbeck are also co-founders of New York-based architecture firm DXA Studio), the effort aimed to finding a solution to disaster- emergency housing that embodied a sense of permanence and resulted in an affordable, durable, and high-quality, health-focused solution for home construction.
The emergence of Liv-Connected reflects the commitment to health and well-being of owners and their team of architects and healthcare providers. “We started with the assumption that disaster housing could be so thoughtful that it could become permanent,” Norbeck said in a conversation with Forbes‘Jennifer Castenson. “We were interested in the possibility of creating something that wouldn’t be wasteful and that would give consumers access to a beautifully designed home. This is an example where, in designing for the most vulnerable, we have done something which could benefit everyone.”
Liv-Connected aims to offer a health-centric design approach to those looking to rescue families and individuals looking for permanent housing. According to their website, the Liv-Connected team explains that these homes are “designed to meet a number of needs”.
Beyond technological additions such as smart mirrors, fall protection, and biometric sensors that address personal medical needs, this health-focused approach shows in the specified materials of each home. The materials of the Liv-Connected house are low or non-polluting and selected to meet air quality measures.
The construction process for Liv-Connected homes is accomplished with flat pack cartridges and components that allow for a standardized approach to manufacturing and shipping in a way that simplifies assembly and placement under various configurations and uses. Their manufacturing partner, ATOMIC Homes, brings years of precision construction and modular expertise to the process, maximizing quality and efficiency.
Liv-Connected designed this system as a “Component Linked Construction (CLiC)” that allows parts to be shipped and assembled in a consolidated, fast and accurate way at a cost far below that of competing modular home developers, depending on the company. The following graphic illustrates a breakdown of home details and how each shipping component is further reduced for efficiency and affordability.
“There was careful design of the components to be broken down and reassembled in an easy way, including roof panels, wall panels and key components, such as the kitchen and bathroom,” Norbeck shared with Forbes. “We worked very hard to coordinate with our team to consolidate building systems within individual components, or to allow simple connections between components.”
With the ability to ship at a rapid pace without compromising the freedom of customization, DXA celebrates the launch of Liv-Connected, an alleviator of the current housing shortage that utilizes technological additions, environmental friendliness, and a life affordable – all done within six months from order to delivery.