Yes, the Living Building Challenge is Overreaching

Posted on April 27,2015 by AlexWilson in LBC

I’m just back from Portland, Oregon where I attended the annual Living Future Conference. The Living Future Conference was created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) initially to provide a networking and learning venue for designers and builders involved in creating buildings that are being certified through the Living Building Challenge.

What Does Net-Zero Energy Really Mean?

Posted on April 27,2015 by ScottG in LBC

The International Living Future Institute — the nonprofit group that created the Living Building Challenge — has released documentation requirements for builders interested in meeting the Institute's definition of net-zero energy performance. According to the Institute, the requirements will make it all but impossible for builders or homeowners to overstate energy performance.

Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’

Posted on April 27,2015 by ScottG in Canada

A sustainable building school in Ontario has completed work on a 2,400-sq. ft. net-zero energy house it's calling “Canada's Greenest Home.” Now on the market for $649,000, the house incorporates a variety of features that enhance indoor air quality and energy and water efficiency, including a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, a 5-kW photovoltaic system, and nontoxic interior finishes. (GBA last reported on this house in a February 2012 news story, “Teaching Deep Green by Building It.”)

Early Lessons from the Living Building Challenge

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in Amanda Sturgeon

If you ask the folks at the green-building certification program Living Building Challenge, there’s really nothing like occupying a building for a year and monitoring its performance if you want to learn how it operates and what might be improved.

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