Living Building Challenge

Living Building Challenge

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

LBC 4.0

LBC 4.0 has been developed based on two goals: to simplify the program so the level of effort of teams is better aligned with their impacts at both project and market scales; and to fill the gap between the highest levels of mainstream green building certifications, and the entry point to the Living Building Challenge.

The resulting standard is streamlined and also raises the bar by requiring that teams address basic issues in all petals. A number of new performance-based compliance paths have been added to increase flexibility for teams.


Petals

Imagine a building that is as efficient as a flower; a simple symbol for the ideal built environment. The Living Building Challenge is organized into seven performance areas.

Place

Place

Restoring a healthy interrelationship with nature.
Materials

Materials

Endorsing products that are safe for all species through time.
Water

Water

Creating developments that operate within the water balance of a given place and climate.
Equity

Equity

Supporting a just and equitable world.
Energy

Energy

Relying only on current solar income.
Beauty

Beauty

Celebrating design the uplifts the human spirit.
Health + Happiness

Health + Happiness

Creating environments that optimize physical and psychological health and well being.

What does good look like?

Living Buildings are:

  • Regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site.
  • Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.

Ready to Get Started?

Create Buildings that give more than they take. Browse the standard or join an upcoming webinar to learn more about the philosophy and framework of the Living Building Challenge.