• "We have a responsibility to figure out a better way to live in harmony with the world."

    - Richard Piacentini

  • "This project has all of the features you'd expect in a green building, but it takes them to a much further extent."

    - Denis Hayes

  • "Most importantly, the children at this childcare center will grow up in a completely non-toxic environment."

    - Dale Mikkelson

  • "We're hoping the public sees that the most beautiful buildings are those built in complere harmony with nature"

    - Peter Busby

Project Team Resources

The International Living Future Institute also offers an array of support resources to help prospective and registered Living Building Challenge project teams navigate the journey from inspired vision to certified project.

Understanding the Challenge

Prospective Project Teams can start off by reviewing the Living Building Challenge Standard, our Certification Process and our summary of what's new in Living Building Challenge 3.0.

 

Documentation Requirements

The Living Building Challenge 3.0 Documentation Requirements offer a definitive list of project information required for auditor review. Browse the Documentation Requirements and various additional documentation support resources.

 

 

 

Petal Handbooks

Petal Handbooks compile technical information, including definitions, clarificiations and exceptions, contained within the Dialogue into concise, printable documents. There will be a dedicated Handbook for each Petal. The Place, Water, Energy and Materials 3.0 Petal Handbooks are currently available to all active Living Building Challenge Community Subscribers. Learn More.

 

 

The Dialogue

The Dialogue is the official venue to request feedback on proposed strategies for meeting the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Living Building Challenge Community Subscribers who are part of active, registered project teams can submit requests for clarification. The Dialogue allows for current unknowns to be discovered and shared in real time as teams proceed with their projects and research. It provides teams with the flexibility to get information most relevant to their work, such as in-depth commentaries, compliance paths, clarifications and temporary exceptions.

Declare

By providing manufacturers and specifiers of building materials a clear, elegant and informative ‘nutrition-label’, Declare aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication. 

 

Technical Assistance

Because the Living Building Challenge defines priorities on both a technical level and as a set of core values, it requires an approach to design, construction and operation that is fundamentally different than the conventional structure. The Institute wants every undertaking to be successful on multiple levels. It supports a project team’s process of adopting the principles of the Challenge by offering optional services that provide practical knowledge. Consider our Charrette Facilitiation, Design Development Guidance and In-House Workshop offerings, or customize your own consultation.

Living Building Challenge Education

In addition to the technical support offed by the tools and resources listed above, the Living Building Challenge also offers educational opportunities. The flagship event is a full-day public workshop, Understanding the Living Building Challenge. Learn More.

 

 

Research 

The biggest barriers to a transformed built environment and re-focused building industry are not technical: we have the skills and technology needed to thrive in partnership with the resources that sustain us. Instead, as many innovative project teams have found, outdated regulatory and financial structures can make it difficult to implement ecologically wise building practices that advance public health and enhance the long-term resiliency of the built environment.  These barriers are the guiding force in our research and advocacy agendas. For reports on water, energy, codes, finance and building reuse, visit our Research section.