Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People from around the world use this regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take. This philosophy, advocacy tool, and rating system is administered by the International Living Future Institute, an organization committed to leading the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
Relevance: While all projects “take a village”, the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge are a crucible that refines project teams in an uncommon way; the massive effort needed to achieve net positive water, net positive energy, and the elimination of Red List chemicals throughout all building systems (not to mention the other 17 Imperatives in the LBC!) requires teamwork and commitment – All Hands InDEED!
Kenner Kingston is an architect and the President of Architectural Nexus, a practice reaching throughout the western United States. Kenner believes that architecture is about reestablishing the harmonious relationship between people and the natural environment. By blending architecture and social science he has led the effort on several of the region’s most sustainable projects including a subdivision of straw bale homes in Moab, which are the first projects in Utah to pursue the Living Building Challenge.