Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

Everyone, regardless of economic status, should have access to housing that is healthy, safe, and affordable.

Living Buildings can be accessible to all. We are working with eight affordable housing developers that are using the Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing to build homes that have no energy bills, are free from toxic materials, and are truly sustainable for future generations.

The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing outlines building strategies for multi-family affordable housing projects. We worked with a number of partners to identify how to overcome social, regulatory and financial barriers for applying deep green technologies to affordable housing.

The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing outlines building strategies for multi-family affordable housing projects. We worked with a number of partners to identify how to overcome social, regulatory and financial barriers for applying deep green technologies to affordable housing.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Sourcing Guide

The FSC Sourcing Guidance document provides an overview of the Forest Stewardship Council, describes the Living Building Challenge requirements for wood, and provides links to various online resources to aid Affordable Housing Project teams in their search for FSC wood.

Materials List

The Materials List document is a resource to address common material questions, assisting Affordable Housing Pilot Projects and all other projects attempting the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal.

Specification Resources

ILFI has drafted sample specifications for project teams to reference when including the Materials Petal and Health & Happiness Petal requirements in their Construction Documents.

This five-part webinar series provides an introduction to the Living Building Challenge as a powerful tool for creating healthy, sustainable, and affordable housing.

+ Affordable Housing Five-Part On Demand Webinar

We are excited to announce the affordable housing projects that have been given the opportunity to join a community of North America’s leading sustainability innovators through the Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project pilot program which began August 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2017.

Teams in the program receive Living Building Challenge education, membership benefits, a charrette, design development and construction documentation review, as well as other technical support. All support is given on a rolling timeline, dependent on when the project’s schedule.

The pilot projects range from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) to Multi-Family and Mixed-Use. The teams represent a community of professionals who are leading the affordable housing market in creating healthy, resilient, and restorative places for all by putting people and our planet first.

Deanwood Neighborhood Development
Washington, DC
Washington, DC Department of Housing and Community Development & District Department of Environment

RurAL CAP Housing- Muldoon
Anchorage, AK
McCool Carlson Green

Liberty Lane Apartments 
Redlands, CA
A Community of Friends

HopeWorks Station, Phase II
Everett, WA
HopeWorks Social Enterprises & Housing Hope

Orchard Gardens
Sunnyvale, CA
First Community Housing

Coliseum Place
Oakland, CA
David Baker Architects, Resources for Community Development and the Association for Energy Affordability

Lawson House YMCA Renovation
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates & Holsten Development

Lakeline Learning Center
Austin, TX
Foundation Communities