The Living Building Challenge

Posted 10/20/21

The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, certification, and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative.

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The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, certification, and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative.

The Living Building Challenge consists of seven performance categories, or “petals”: place, water, energy, health + happiness, materials, equity and beauty.

Each petal is subdivided into imperatives, for a total of 20 imperatives in the challenge. The imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.

Seven petals of the Living Building Challenge

Imagine a building that is as efficient as a flower: a simple symbol for the ideal built environment. The Living Building Challenge is organized into seven performance areas.

  1. Place

Restoring a healthy interrelationship with nature.

  1. Water

Creating developments that operate within the water balance of a given place and climate.

  1. Energy

Relying only on current solar income.

  1. Health & Happiness

Creating environments that optimize physical and psychological health and well-being.

  1. Material

Endorsing products that are safe for all species through time.

  1. Equity

Supporting a just and equitable world.

  1. Beauty

Celebrating design that uplifts the human spirit.

Source: https://living-future.org/lbc/

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