The Living Building Challenge

The Living Building Challenge

Rather than meeting high performance standards that try to have zero impact on the environment, The Living Building Challenge aims to have positive impacts on the environment. The Living Building Challenge is making waves in the sustainable building industry by taking the meaning of green building to the next level.  There are six core petals of the Living Building Challenge: place, water, energy, health + happiness, materials, equity, and beauty. This certification can be used for new buildings, existing buildings, interiors, or landscape or infrastructure. Projects have the option to pursue a core certification, zero carbon certification, or zero energy certification. Renewing certifications depends upon the type of project. 

Sub-rating systems:

  • Core
  • Zero Energy
  • Zero Carbon

Typologies:

  • New Building
  • Existing Building
  • Interior
  • Landscape or Infrastructure

Certification Focus Areas

Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse Gas
Emissions

existing buildings

Existing
Buildings

energy efficiency

Energy
Efficiency

solar renewable energy

Solar Renewable
Energy

interior quality

Interior
Quality

sustainable materials

Sustainable
Materials

lifecycle and facility management

Lifecycle & Facility
Management

energy management systems

Energy Management
Systems

monitoring performance

Monitoring
Performance

process and cost information:

Registering for LBC is the first step to begin certification. This comes with a project coach to assist teams through the process. A third-party audit will be done once the project is constructed, and another audit will be done after a 12-month performance period. 

The cost of certifying a Living Building Challenge project depends on type of certification (zero energy, zero carbon, core, or full LBC). There is a base fee as well as fees per square foot.