Building a climate safe house is about more than bricks and mortar. To be responsible, we need sustainable, low carbon housing options. According to Weihong Li, in the Science Direct article Sustainable Design for Low Carbon Architecture, sustainability requires consideration of four elements: low carbon economy, society, natural environment and architecture. Weihong Li identifies several factors in each element, each requiring consideration, from light/space and ventilation, through culture and social benefits, and including commercial reality. Successful completion of the project requires “a harmonious dynamic interplay” between the four elements. The BRCT Climate Safe House project is exploring these elements and seeking to enable community based development that addresses–through an innovative building model–changing environmental challenges, social need, and ethical obligations to push for low carbon building.