Living Building Challenge Certification

Living Building Challenge Certification

All Living Building Challenge projects have a twelve-month performance period and are audited by a third party before they can receive certification. The Institute offers optional two-part certifications (recommended). 

Living Building Certification: Requires all Imperatives assigned to the project Typology.

Petal Certification: Requires at least three of the seven Petals, one of which must be either Water, Energy or Materials. In addition, Imperatives 01, Limits to Growth, and 20, Inspiration + Education are required for Petal Certification.

Zero Energy Certification: Requires projects to generate all energy on site without combustion. Learn more.

Left: Van Dusen Botanical Garden (Petal Certified) Right: Josey Pavillion (Living Certified) (Image 2 of 2)
Left: Van Dusen Botanical Garden (Petal Certified) Right: Josey Pavillion (Living Certified) (Image 2 of 2) Left: Van Dusen Botanical Garden (Petal Certified) Right: Josey Pavillion (Living Certified)

What’s Included with registration?

• Access to the Living Building Challenge Dialogue, the official forum to request clarifications and exceptions to certification requirements.
• Invitation to bi-monthly project team calls and bi-annual project team summits
• Recognition as a Living Building Challenge Registered Project
• Ten free Dialogue posts ($1000 value)
• Three free premium ILFI memberships ($450 value)

Registration Pricing*

Renovation Landscape & Infrastructure Building
$900USD $900USD $900USD

As of December 31, 2016, all projects will need to register under V3.1. 

*Pricing is subject to change, non-refundable and non-transferable.

Contact to register your project.

Throughout Design and Construction, a project team should begin compiling and organizing documentation.

  • A project team continues the documentation process through the project’s construction phase and its operational phase—twelve consecutive months of operation, during which project performance data is recorded.
  • Once the operational phase is complete, a project team may submit data for audit. Certification fees are submitted prior to audit and are based on project type and size. Project teams pursuing full certification or ‘Living’ status, may opt to undergo a separate preliminary audit to receive a conditional assessment of Imperatives whose requirements are less likely to be impacted by the operational phase.

A project team can elect to receive additional support at any point in the design process.

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Once all documentation has been submitted, an independent auditor performs a content review of the documentation followed by a project site visit. Following the site visit, the auditor compiles a final report.

ILFI staff then review the auditor report, notify the team of the audit results and certify the project accordingly.

The Audit Process

Auditors perform an independent, third-party audit of projects that have submitted documentation for certification under Living Certification, Petal Certification, and Zero Energy Building Certification.

Preliminary Audit

The preliminary audit ruling is an assessment to determine if the Imperatives reviewed are in compliance with the requirements. The ruling on each Imperative will be carried forward to the final audit. The preliminary audit follows the same certification process as a regular audit, including a site visit.

However, if teams have completed work on the project that involved the use of new materials, an additional Materials Tracking Sheet should be submitted outlining the materials used listing compliance with for Imperatives 11, 13 and 14.

Final Audit

For most projects, the same auditor will perform both reviews, although this cannot be guaranteed. The final review will involve a ruling by the auditor for certification.

What Happens During the Final Audit?

  • Review all documentation submitted by the project team.
  • Perform an onsite review of the project, complete an auditor report, and make a certification recommendation.
  • Once a project team is notified of its certification determination, an appeal may be requested. In this instance, the Institute may ask the auditor to provide a further review, or in some instances, ask a second auditor to perform the review necessary for the appeal.

Certification Details