Learning About the Living Building Challenge

‘It is above LEED-H Platinum,’ said Matt Jung.

Bryan replied, ‘I don’t believe you.’

Its true.  Really.

The Living Building Challenge

Yes, it goes beyond LEED-H Platinum and is, well, over the top in the ‘green building’ world.

There are no credits to the Living Building Challenge, just prerequisites.  All 16 prerequisites must be met to earn the Living Building Challenge.

Two of the prerequisites are Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water.  These are tough standards with the bar set very high.  We can meet the Net Zero Energy although the Net Zero Water requires significant storage capacity in our climate since we have limited rainfall for over eight months of the year.

The Living Building Challenge is a program managed by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1999.  Cascadia is one of the two original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and is also a chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council.  The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is focused on buildings located in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

For more information on the Living Building Challenge, go to the Cascadia web site and review version 1.3 (August 2008).

And remember …

‘It is highly encouraged that projects that cannot achieve the Living Building Challenge pursue LEED certification at a Platinum or Gold level, since LEED remains the market’s premier rating system.’

(page 6, footnote 2)

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