Press Coverage

Nurturing Nature With Architecture

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; by Nancy Keates, June 6, 2019. When Marti and Tom Burbeck were designing their new four-bedroom home in Ann Arbor, Mich., they went to extreme measures . . . To make sure none of the materials they used contained toxic chemicals, they hired a consulting firm to check product contents, down to the glazing on tiles, with more than 900 manufacturers. Read more here . . .

US Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter presents 2018 awards

On the night of November 8th, 2018, USGBC West Michigan celebrated this year’s accomplishments with the annual party and leadership awards ceremony. The USGBC-WM Leadership Awards promote outstanding green building  efforts by recognizing projects, organizations, and people who have made extraordinary contributions to achieving healthy, energy efficient green buildings in the state of Michigan. USGBC-WM recognized 7 local leaders that exemplify outstanding green building practices in the community, including Burh Becc at Beacon Springs which received the 2018 Certified Green Home Award. Read more here . . .

Congratulations 2018 FSC Leadership Award Winners

CHICAGO, November 15, 2018, Awards Highlight Diverse Commitment to Responsible Forest Management: Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s most trusted forest certification system, announced its 2018 FSC Leadership Awards . . . FSC Leadership Awards celebrate forest owners, builders, architects, retailers, paper mills, manufacturers, environmental organizations and many others who contribute to the movement toward responsible sourcing and forest management. Winners of the 2018 FSC Leadership Awards include Tom & Marti Burbeck, and Architectural Resource, LLC for Burh Becc at Beacon Springs Farm, which used 100 percent FSC certified new wood, complemented by reclaimed wood products, in this LEED Platinum, Living Building home. Read the full press release here . . .

Michigan Is Now Home to the World’s Second ‘Living Building’ Residence

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 15 /CSRwire/ – Tom and Marti Burbeck – in search of truly sustainable living – brought together an architect, builder, green building project consultant and multiple building science engineers to design and build Burh Becc at Beacon Springs. They have succeeded in creating a home that will still be standing 200 years from now and will still be regenerative to the surrounding ecosystem. In late 2017, their home at Beacon Springs Farm, in Ann Arbor, became the second house in the world to achieve a Living Certified ruling via the Living Building Challenge™ certification by the International Living Future Institute. The Burbecks hope their truly restorative farmhouse inspires others to reimagine common building techniques. Read more here . . .

This idyllic 15-acre farmhouse is the world’s second ‘Living Building’ residence

02/21/2018; by Nicole Jewell. A picturesque farmhouse on 15 acres in Ann Arbor, Michigan was just officially crowned the world’s second “Living Building” residence by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The owners of Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, Tom and Marti Burbeck, spent five years working with a team of 20 designers, engineers, architects and sustainability experts to transform their 2,200 square foot home into an icon of truly sustainable living that gives more than it takes. Read more from Inhabitat.com . . .

Incredible farm in Michigan becomes the world’s second ‘Living Building’

Updated on February 21, 2018 by Alexandru Micua. A beautiful, 15-acre farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been officially recognized as the world’s second Living Building by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Read more from ZME Science . . .

Second U.S. “Living Building” Home Certified

Posted on February 22, 2018. Built by Fireside Home Construction, the Michigan farmhouse meets the requirements of the stringent building program: A recently completed home in Ann Arbor, Mich., is the second home in the country to be named to the rigorous Living Building Challenge. Read more from BuilderOnline . . .

Ann Arbor Home Becomes World’s Second Residence to Achieve Highest Sustainability Certification

By Addie Wallace; published Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Located in Ann Arbor, Tom and Marti Burbeck have transformed their home at Beacon Springs Farm to become the second house in the world to achieve a Living Certified ruling from the Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) certification by the International Living Future Institute. Read more from dbusiness.com . . .

Solar farmhouse near Ann Arbor one of world’s greenest homes

By Ryan Stanton. Posted Feb 28, 2018. ANN ARBOR, MI – Nestled on 15 acres of sprawling farmland outside Ann Arbor is one of the most eco-friendly homes in the world. Read more from MLive! . . .

Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, outside Ann Arbor, is just the second home in the world to meet the Living Building Challenge.

By Patrick Sisson. Mar 13, 2018. A new farmhouse in southeast Michigan has recently been certified as one of the world’s most green, sustainable structures. Named Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, the home showcases one of the most efficient, sustainable examples of residential construction in the world. “I liken this to a moonshot for residential design,” says architect Michael Klement, a partner in the local firm Architectural Resource. “This is possible, this is doable, and it’s extremely healthy.” Read more from Curbed . . .

Net Positive Energy Is the New Net Zero

Apr 3, 2018. Buildings that produce more energy than they use suddenly are viable . . .  For certain building categories, such as skyscrapers and energy-intensive data centers, it’s still a stretch to provide more than enough electricity onsite. But the buildings below demonstrate that net positive is achievable on buildings that are a lot more substantial than a summer cottage [including] Burh Becc at Beacon Springs Farm. Read more from United Rentals . . .

Eco-friendly Ann Arbor farmhouse is built to last

By Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News, published 5:18 p.m. ET April 19, 2018; updated 7:08 p.m. ET April 19, 2018. Midway through the building process for Tom and Marti Burbeck’s Tuscan-inspired farmhouse on 15 acres in Ann Arbor a few years ago, Tom posed the crew a question: “What, he wondered, was different about building this house compared to others the crew had built?” “They looked at him and said, ‘Everything,’ ” remembers architect Michael Klement with a laugh. Read more from The Detroit News . . .

DESTINATION MICHIGAN: Burh Becc at Beacon Springs

Clip, Season 9 Episode 6 | 5m 53s | Aired June 28, 2018In this story, Destination Michigan‘s Matthew Ozanich introduces you to Tom and Marti Burbeck of Ann Arbor who, along with a dedicated team, create one of the most eco-friendly homes on the planet. Burh Becc at Beacon Springs is only the second residential building in the world to gain ”Living Building“ status from the Living Future Institute.