• Living Future

    April 1- 3, 2015


  • Introducing Living Building Challenge 3.0

    A visionary path to a restorative future.

    Learn More

  • From inspiration to certification.

    Learn about our certification process.

    Learn More

  • Now is the time

    for a world of Living Buildings and Communities

    See Case Studies

  • Lead the local application

    of Living Building Challenge principles through our Ambassador Network

    Join the Network


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

Energy Trust of Oregon: Path to Net Zero

Monday, March 2, 2015

As of January 2015, the Energy Trust of Oregon has thrown down the gauntlet with their new Path to Net Zero program: designers and builders in Oregon now have huge incentives to pursue the most aggressive energy performance in their buildings.


TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTION: Concentrating Advocacy for a Living Future

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Living Future Congresses are designed to harness bioregional expertise and transform the policy landscape in order to clear the path for Living Buildings and Living Communities. 



Monday, February 9, 2015

With an extensive history of sustainable curriculum and success in educating compassionate and creative students, in 2009 Seattle’s Bertschi School embraced the most stringent sustainability building standard in the world to manifest the school’s values through its new science wing.