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    A visionary path to a restorative future.

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    Learn about our certification process.

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    for a world of Living Buildings and Communities

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Living Building Challenge

Read the Standard


The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.

Certified Projects


Whether your project is a single building, a park, a college campus or even a complete community, the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge provide frameworks for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. Teams must identify a Typology that aligns with their project to determine which Imperatives apply.

Living Building Challenge News

Join ILFI at Greenbuild

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Going to Greenbuild? Sign up for Institute sessions and shoulder events and come find us at our booth in November!


Next Generation of Architects Designing Zero Energy Housing Prototypes

Monday, November 2, 2015

Every semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a new group of students participate in the Zero Energy Housing Studio to design, engineer and student-build a 4 to 10 unit Zero Energy Housing Prototype.


ILFI Staff Highlight - November 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Learn what motivates Sam: what he wanted to be when he graduated from high school; how that decision led to working in the regenerative building movement; and what he does when he's not helping our organization lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.