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.
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 Site, Water, Energy, and Materials 2.1 Petal Handbooks, as well as the Place, Water, Energy, Materials, Health & Happiness, and Equity 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.
Sample Division 01 Specifications
ILFI has drafted sample Division 01 specifications for project teams to reference when including the Materials Petal and Health & Happiness Petal requirements in their Construction Documents. The use of these sample specifications is not required and the information should be incorporated into the Construction Documents at the project team's discretion. These sections are intended to serve as a guide and should be modified to meet the specific needs of the project. ILFI is collecting project team feedback using the published Spec Resource Feedback Form and will incorporate feedback into the final LBC Specification Resource package.
- Section 01 81 14-Construction Indoor Air Quality
- Section 01 74 19-Construction Waste Management
- Section 01 81 13-Sustainable Design 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
Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB)
Folder Structure Downloads
Energy Production & Demand Table
Water Supply & Use Table
3.0 Materials Tracking Table
2.x Materials Tracking Table
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. Declare is a requirement of LBC v3.0 Imperative 12 Responsible Industry.
JUST is a voluntary disclosure program providing an innovative social justice transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments. The JUST Program allows organiztions to demonstrate their leadership in many areas of social responsibility including building a diverse workforce, equitable compensation plans, local sourcing and purchasing, worker benefits, workplace safety and community stewardship. JUST is a requirement of LBC v3.0 Imperative 18 JUST Organizations.
v3.0 Ingredients CAS RN List
The Red List contained within the v3.0 Standard contains twenty-two classes of chemicals. Each chemical class contains a multitude of individual chemicals, identified by their Chemical Abstract Services Registry Number, or CAS RN. Taken together, these classes comprise nearly eight hundred individual ingredients. The searchable excel file linked below serves as a useful tool to communicate to manufacturers precisely which ingredients are prohibited from inclusion in Living Buildings.
Published As-Built Materials Lists
Several project teams have made their materials lists publicly available. These lists are intended as a starting point for research - please note that they are from v2.1 projects. Project teams must still conduct their own research to ensure that the materials from these lists comply with v3.0 materials requirements. ILFI makes no guarantees as to the compliance of listed products: these lists have not been screened or reviewed by the Institute and are not sufficient for materials documentation. The links below direct to external sites.
Bullitt Center - Seattle, WA
Bechtel Environmental Classroom - Smith College, Whately, MA
Brock Environmental Center - Virginia Beach, VA
[Project Name Redacted] - Midwest United States
FSC Sourcing Guidance
The FSC Sourcing Guidance document provides an overview of the Forest Stewardship Council, describes the Living Building Challenge requirements for wood, and gives tips for sourcing FSC wood. Additionally, the document provides links to various online resources to aid teams in their search for FSC wood.
Healthy Urban Places - Materials Petal Database
This third-party website compiles information about various building materials and lists them by CSI division. The list of materials is meant to be a starting point for teams pursuing the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge. Materials in this database do not automatically meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Teams must still vet each material and gather their own documentation in order to meet Living Building Challenge requirements.
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.