January 22-23, 2015
    San Francisco
    Hyatt Regency Embarcadero


  • Introducing Living Building Challenge 3.0

    A visionary path to a restorative future.

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  • From inspiration to certification.

    Learn about our certification process.

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  • Now is the time

    for a world of Living Buildings and Communities

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  • Lead the local application

    of Living Building Challenge principles through our Ambassador Network

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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

Brock Environmental Center Construction Complete

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center reached construction completion recently in Virginia Beach, VA. Designed by SmithGroupJJR and constructed by Hourigan Construction, the Center is an international model for energy and water efficiency and climate change resiliency.



Institute Releases a Framework for Affordable Housing to Achieve the Living Building Challenge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today, the Institute backed its mission with a framework report that outlines how multi-family affordable housing projects can achieve the Living Building Challenge; a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program. 



Brad Liljequist moderates Panel on Next Generation Infrastructure

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Liljequist issues challenge to imagine ideal end-state infrastructure systems, rather than accept incremental change. Read More...