Living Building Challenge

When LEED Platinum Isn’t Enough

Posted on April 28,2015 by ScottG in affordable housing

With a couple of successful LEED projects behind it, the Minneapolis affordable housing developer Aeon began looking for a more aggressive sustainable building program — one that would pay much bigger energy dividends for its tenants over time. For all of its advantages, LEED just wasn't enough.

A First Look at the Official WELL Building Standard

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in AP

When I first heard about the WELL building standard, in a New York Times article, I was both amused and offended, and trashed it appropriately in a blog.

It’s Alive! – Visiting a Certified Living Building

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in LEED Platinum

On vacation in Hawaii recently (yes, life is really tough for us consultants), I had the opportunity to visit the Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Energy Lab, the first classroom and the third building certified under the Living Building Challenge Program.

Yes, the Living Building Challenge is Overreaching

Posted on April 28,2015 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 28,2015 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 28,2015 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.”)

America’s Greenest Office Building

Posted on April 28,2015 by AlexWilson in Bullitt Center

I’m just back from a week in Seattle, where I attended the Living Future Conference, which this year had a theme of resilience and regeneration — a major focus of mine with the Resilient Design Institute. While there I visited what is almost certainly the greenest office building in America, if not the world.

Early Lessons from the Living Building Challenge

Posted on April 28,2015 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.

Teaching Deep Green by Building It

Posted on April 28,2015 by Fretboard in Construction Education

The project is being called Canada’s Greenest Home, which sets the bar pretty high, but the Endeavour Centre, a nonprofit building school in Peterborough, Ontario, decided the time is right. Endeavour encourages its students to engage their minds and “get their hands dirty” on ambitious projects, including this 2,000-sq.-ft. two-story home, which is designed for an infill lot in Peterborough and will be the focus of the school’s five-month Sustainable New Construction certificate program.

Lifecycle Building Center Opens in Atlanta

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in atlanta

I recently attended the grand opening for the Lifecycle Building Center (LBC), a new non-profit organization focused on building material reuse. The result of long hours of labor by many dedicated people, the LBC’s stated mission is to “make the lifecycle use of the built environment more efficient and sustainable.”

A Certification Program for Net Zero Energy Projects

Posted on April 28,2015 by Fretboard in International Living Future Institute

Green builders can pursue an Energy Star label, an Earthcraft label, a Passivhaus label, or a Health House label for their new homes. But one Seattle-based nonprofit group has decided that we need another new label. Even though there are many ways to combine construction strategies and renewable-energy systems to produce buildings that can operate at net zero energy, the International Living Future Institute decided it is time to introduce a certification system for projects aiming for NZE performance.

It’s Alive! Studying the Living Building Challenge

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in certification

I spent most of a day recently in a seminar on the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a self-described philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program for sustainable building. If people outside the industry think that existing green building programs are pie-in-the-sky and touchy-feely, put together by granola-eaters, then they are going to have to adjust their scales for the LBC.

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