Living Building Challenge

A program of the International Living Future Institute™, the Living Building Challenge™ is a philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program that addresses development at all scales. It is comprised of seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. These are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence.

The purpose of the Living Building Challenge is straightforward – it defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. Whether your project is a single building, a park, a college campus or even a complete neighborhood community, Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

The Living Building Challenge is taking root around the world. There are now more than 150 projects pursuing certification under this vigorous performance standard and interest continues to rise. See the Professional Development Calendar for workshops in your area.