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Living Building Challenge

​The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment. It allows for the creation of buildings that are regenerative spaces which connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community. These buildings are self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site, producing more energy than they use and collecting and treating all water on site. Living buildings give more than they take, allowing them to create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.


The Living Building Challenge is organized into 7 performance areas which address specific issues through detailed requirements to create healthy, efficiency, ecologically restorative spaces for communities.

Living Building Challenge:
1. Place, 2. Water, 3. Energy, 4. Health & Happiness, 5. Materials, 6...
  1. Place: Limits to growth, urban agriculture, habitat exchange, human-powered living

  2. Water: Net positive water

  3. Energy: Net positive energy

  4. Health & Happiness: Civilized environment, healthy interior environment, biophilic environment

  5. Materials: Red list, embodied carbon footprint, responsible industry, living economy sourcing, net positive waste

  6. Equity: Human scale and human places, universal access to nature and place, equitable investment, just organizations

  7. Beauty: Beauty and spirit, inspiration and education

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Energy, Water, Site, Materials, Beauty, Health, Equity
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