Our Vision

Sustainable. Affordable. Scalable.
Modern Affordable Luxury. Communities

ARCspace is a division of Sustainable Building Council, Ltd., and both are centrally headquartered in the Downtown Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor. We have additional operations in Mexico City. Sustainable Building Council brings together construction experts, architectural designers, engineers, builders, environmentalists, and innovative technology companies to sustainably solve the current affordable housing crisis.

ARCspace builds proprietary prefabricated steel modular building systems that are spec-built from the ground up using sustainable materials and welded with high-grade steel. ARCspace collaborates with fellow housing innovators to deliver sustainable new solutions including grid-independent power and water, impermanent foundations that support relocation, smart home/building technologies, energy-efficient materials, and nature-accommodating elements such as hurricane impact glass and fire-retardant materials. Working with a variety of public and private interests, ARCspace creates efficient, affordable, and cutting-edge solutions to the problems of homelessness, affordable housing and contemporary/ modern sustainable communities built for the post pandemic world.

Beyond ARCspace, Sustainable Building Council, Ltd. also does business (DBA) as ARCaid, the division providing modular units for disaster recovery efforts, and ARClife, the division that serves as a sustainable community builder and developer.

Affiliation with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Provides Tremendous Advantage

Sustainable Building Council and their ARCspace division took part in LACI’s 2020 cohort program with 15 other companies focused on game-changing climate and clean technologies. The incredible and broad-based support from LACI, combined with the synergy of working with 15 other rapidly expanding cleantech companies, is expected to exponentially scale ARCspace’s ability to solve large-scale housing and building challenges. LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past eight years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long-term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.


Our prefab steel building systems are spec-built from the ground up using sustainable and high grade materials specifically manufactured for each project.


  • ARCspace buildings/communities come with some of the worlds leading sustainable clean tech.

    Sustainable Partners

    Hydraloop has created its own unique and patented water treated technology, which removes dirt, soap, and other pollution using a filter, membrane, or chemicals.The system combines five technologies: Sediment, Flotation, Dissolved Air Flotation, Foam Fractionation, and an Aerobic Bioreactor.

    Why use this for your project?
    Being off grid is a significant goal for our project and our purpose. Hydraloop brings us one step closer to this by creating a product that has water recycling capacity of 1.6 gallons a day. Furthermore, Hydraloop makes buildings more sustainable and contributes towards LEED and BREEAM certification, herewith, increasing their value. It ensure perfect quality and certified recycled water to sustainably save on domestic water usage without compromise on quality of life or personal hygiene.


  • Saves>45% on mains water
  • Reduce>45% on sewage emission
  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Save money on water and energy bills
  • Recycled water is clean, clear, safe & certified and complies with international standards
  • No filters, membranes of chemicals
  • Fully automatic, self-cleaning, low maintenance
  • No compromise on hygiene and living comfort
  • Contribute towards sustainable and off-grid living
  • Easy installation
  • SOURCE is completely off grid and self contained, creating drinking water from just sunlight and air. Using advanced water capture technology, a standard SOURCE array replaces more than a 12-pack and up to a 20-pack of bottled water on a sunny day.

    Why use this for our project?
    SOURCE utilizes solar power and a small battery to enable water production when the sun shines and water delivery on cloudy days or nights. A standard array contains two hydro panels, which hold 30 liters each in a reservoir where the water is mineralized with calcium and kept clean for optimal taste and health.


  • Off-grid
  • Sustainable
  • Utilizes solar power
  • Water mineralized with calcium and magnesium
  • Hydropanel keeps water clean for optimal taste and health
  • Technology optimized to produce water even in low to medium sun and humidity
  • Easy to install
  • 4 ft x 8 ft

  • Affordability

    The affordable housing crisis has reached epidemic proportions.

    Labor, materials, and compliance have made construction increasingly expensive, as the need for housing grows. Today, demand far outweighs supply, with a shortage of 7.2M affordable units throughout the US (National Low Income Housing Association, 2018).

    Our prefab steel building systems are spec-built from the ground up using sustainable and high grade materials specifically manufactured for each project. ARCspace creates innovative rapidly delivered, low- cost steel prefab or modular buildings that can include leading-edge sustainable building technology as well as grid-independent water, power, and waste solution.

    Our units are sized similar to shipping containers for efficient, cost-effective transport and to enable infinite configurability - but make no mistake, these are tremendously different from ‘upcycled’ or ‘recycled’ shipping containers that are often contaminated.

    New affordable communities are needed across the U.S. We are taking on that challenge. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires ravage an already desperate affordable/homeless housing market nationally. When we factor in the astounding increases in building material costs and skilled labor shortages, our unprecedented homeless/affordable housing crisis reaches epidemic proportions. We will help solve the affordable housing crisis by partnering with governments, educational institutions, nonprofits and private sector to build more resilient, sustainable, scalable housing units at less than the industry average in construction time and cost.

    The Team

    Christian Johnston | Founder & CEO

    Visionary leader, award-winning documentary director & producer focused on humanitarian issues, now focused on solving the affordable & homeless housing crisis nationally and beyond.

    Scott Altomare | Founder & COO

    COO of Abraxas Rex, a glopal lifestyle brand, filmmaker and producer, managed $30M in assets, experienced in logistics, funding, hiring and bonding complex multinational projects.

    An de Vooght | Founder & Partner

    Global CFO & Partner at The TEAM Companies, Former CFO & Board of Directors, Red Bull North America Inc. Former CFO Beats by Dre, 27+ years in global strategic finance.

    Luis Vargas | Partner & Director of Manufacturing

    Entrepreneur in the technology and construction, businesses in both Los Angeles and Mexico City. Majored with a Bachelor's in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.

    Sebastian De Vivo | CFO

    Social impact entrepreneur and investor; partnerships with LA Mayor, City of LA, and others to support founders and entrepreneurs, focus on economic development, Standford PhD.

    Scott Donnelly | Strategic Planning

    Scott is CEO and co-founder of Capital Box, a leading pan-European small business fin tech lender operating across six countries in Europe. He brings expertise in finance, operations and leading the transition from start-up to scale-up. Over the past 20 years he has also held key roles in areas of data science analytics and product development.

    Seth Wachtel | Sustainability

    Program Director, Architecture & Community Design at the University of San Francisco. Focus on affordable housing and innovative construction techniques, sustainable agriculture.

    Andre Champagne | Clean Technology

    Entrepreneur, inventor of off-grid power solutions, 15 years in environmentally friendly transportation/logistics; Chief Innovation Officer for Blue Duck Scooters over manufacturing and supple chain.

    John Lockhart | Modular Housing

    Extensive history in senior management in modular housing design and manufacturing for Fleetwood; more recently modular schools and multi-family buildings.