Living Community Basics

Living Community Basics

Invest in the future of your community by using regenerative design strategies in your next project.

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Design for the Future

With the Living Community Challenge framework you can create communities that are:

  • Healthy for all elements of life
  • Nurturing and generous places that promote healthy lifestyles for everyone
  • Net Positive with respect to water and energy. Living Communities generate their own energy and capture and treat all the water they need.
  • Designed using multipurpose elements. Nothing has only a single purpose; everything has multiple benefits to the community and environment
  • Regenerative spaces for people and natural ecosystems
  • Places that are walkable, bike-able, and have affordable public transportation.

The Living Community Challenge has two core rules

  1. All Imperatives are mandatory.
  2. Certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance.

Performance Areas (Petals) & Imperatives

The Living Community Challenge is organized into seven performance areas (Petals). Each performance area has a number of more detailed requirements (Imperatives).

Restoring a healthy interrelationship with nature.

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

Relying only on current solar income.

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

Endorsing products that are safe for all species through time.

Supporting a just and equitable world.

Celebrating plans that purpose transformative change.

Scale Jumping
A term used to describe going outside the limits of the community boundary for better solutions. Scale Jumping will be considered beyond the community, based on project scale, occupancy, and energy demand on a case-by-case basis.

Who Creates Living Communities?

Projects Around the World

We work with people from around the world who want their community to thrive.

  • planners
  • developers, owners, & project managers
  • municipalities & development authorities
  • higher education campuses
  • community groups & neighborhood associations
  • architects & landscape architects
  • sustainability consultants
  • engineers
  • contractors
  • Set an example for a successful community
  • Improve safety, access, and health
  • Raise awareness of place, culture, and community goals
  • Boost your local economy

Do you still have questions about the Living Community Challenge? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page to see if we can help clarify any points.