• Smith College's Bechtel Environmental Classroom is the world's fifth (and New England's first) Living Building™

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    Photo: Ethan Drinker Photography 

  • Now is the time...

    for a world of Living Buildings, Sites and Communities. Learn how certified project achieved the world's most rigorous green building certification. 

  • Your Ingredients Here. 

    Declare aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication.

  • From Inspiration to Certification

    Learn how the certification process works and what it means to be certified through the Living Building Challenge. 

  • Become an Ambassador. 

    Lead the application of Living Building Challenge principles in your neighborhood.

  • The Bertschi Living Building Science Wing is the world's first Living Building certified under version 2.0 of the Challenge.  

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Read the Standard

The Living Building ChallengeTM 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, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Download the Living Building Challenge Standard 2.1 to learn more

Living Building Challenge News

Trim Tab v21 is Out

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In anticipation of the Institute's upcoming Living Future 2014 unConference, the theme of which is Beauty + Inspiration, Trim Tab v.21 explores the central role of beauty in restorative design. 

Upcoming Events

Connecticut Collaborative Kick-Off

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:30pm

Living Building Challenge Collaborative:Connecticut is a community-based, in-person group of Living Building Challenge enthusiasts that provides an opportunity for informal learning experiences and advances community transformation.

Getting to Zero Waste Forum: Los Angeles

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:30am

The Living Building Challenge is in Los Angeles! Please join local sustainability leaders for a special event exploring the Zero Waste goal for the city of Los Angles.

Explosion Green Live Conversation with Jason F. McLennan

Monday, May 12, 2014 (All day)
Join David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils & CEO of Regenerative Ventures for 45 minute hosted conversations with 35 of the world's foremost thought leaders in green building and sustainability, including bestselling authors, greentech CEOs, major developers, and luminary architects, engineers and green movement leaders.