Out of the Way, LEEDS—There’s a New (Green Building) Sheriff in Town
LEEDS was only the beginning. Now, the gauntlet has truly been thrown down. The International Living Building Institute has issued a challenge:
“to all design professionals, contractors and building owners to create the foundation for a sustainable future in the fabric of our communities.
to politicians and government officials to remove barriers to systemic change, and to realign incentives and market signals that truly protect the health, safety and welfare of people and all beings.
to all of humanity to reconcile the built environment with the natural environment, into a civilization that creates greater biodiversity, resilience and opportunities for life with each adaptation and development.”
The Living Building Challenge is currently the most stringent and advanced measure of sustainability, providing a comprehensive set of green practices for building designers, developers and owners.
From avoiding ecologically harmful materials to demonstrating a full year of net-zero energy use, the Living Building Challenge is a tough but inspiring call to action. “A tall order to be sure,” states the organization, but one that has already been met by several projects—and continues to be pursued by many more. Continue reading