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Living Building Challenge Standard Updated

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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