Living Building Challenge Standard Updated

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by | May 23, 2014

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living building challengeThe International Living Future Institute has released the next iteration of its Living Building Challenge performance standard.

Key changes in version 3.0 of the green building program include:

  • The Site Petal was renamed the Place Petal, reflecting a belief in viewing each project location as a place with unique and important characteristics.
  • The Neighborhood Typology has been removed from the LBC, as it has a new home in the newly launched Living Community Challenge. The LCC helps planners and developers rethink how they design their community-scale projects, providing certification at both the master planning stages as well as for fully built community or campus scale projects.
  • There is a much greater emphasis on the importance of resilient infrastructure.
  • There is a more explicit emphasis on the idea of the Challenge as a tool for regenerative design.
  • The LBC has more clearly refined its Equity Petal, which integrates with JUST and a groundbreaking Equity offset framework.
  • The LBC raises the bar with materials transparency. The 3.0 version directly connects with Declare, ILFI’S building product ingredients label and features an expanded and updated Red List.
  • Three new Living Future Exchange offset programs have been launched, making it easier for project teams to allocate funds to important causes.
  • Further refinements of market-based exceptions throughout the program, including the landmark banning of fluorescent lighting in all but a few applications.

Almost 200 projects have registered around the globe since the LBC was first released as a certification program in 2006. The world’s first fully certified Living Buildings are now built and fully operational.


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