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.

Introductory Information

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 Documentation Requirements and Tracking Tools included below offer a definitive list of project information required for auditor review. 

LBC 3.0 Documentation Requirements
Download (PDF)
LBC 3.0 Case Study Questionnaire 
Download (DOC)

Published August 2014

  Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB)
  Documentation Requirements
  Download (PDF)
  NZEB Case Study Questionnaire 
  Download (DOC)

Updated 2015 Living Building Challenge 2.X Documentation Requirements (.pdf)

Updated 2015 LBC 2.X Case Study Questionnaire (.doc)

2010 Living Building Challenge 2.X Documentation Requirements (.pdf)

Living Building Challenge 1.X Documentation Requirements (.pdf)


Tracking Tools

Energy Production & Demand Table
Download (XLS)
Water Supply & Use Table
Download (XLS) 
3.0 Materials Tracking Table
Download (XLS) 

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, Materials, and Health & Happiness 3.0 Petal Handbooks are currently available for ILFI Members to purchase here. If you have already purchased the Handbooks, you will be able to access them from your Member Dashboard upon login.


The Dialogue

The Dialogue is the official venue to request feedback on proposed strategies for meeting the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Only ILFI Members who are part of active, registered project teams can submit posts to the Dialogue, which 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.


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.



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.