We've been sitting on the edge of our buckyballs for the past few weeks waiting to find out the winner of the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and now the moment of truth has finally arrived! And the winner is... the Living Building Challenge! We weren't at all surprised that the project which sets the world's highest ecological standard for building thoughtful, sustainable architecture, reigned supreme in this search for solutions to make our world a better place. Read on to learn more about this groundbreaking organization and how it is enacting positive change in the world of architecture.
Living Building Challenge founder Jason McLennan
What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? It seems a far cry from our current situation, right? Lofty thought it may seem, that’s the goal that the Living Building Challenge has been working towards with their initiative, which is much more than a certification program for sustainable buildings – it’s also a philosophy, an advocacy tool and a support network. The LBC‘s goal is to define measures of sustainable architecture while providing guidance to make it easier for architects and designers to grasp what may otherwise look like idealistic benchmarks.
In order to be certified as a Living Building, a project must meet five stipulations for at least a full year. The building must: 1. generate all of its own, renewable energy on-site, 2. capture and treat all of its own water, 3. use only non-toxic and sustainably-sourced construction materials, 4. be placed on already-developed sites in order to reduce urban sprawl and 5. be beautiful and inspiring to its occupants and others.
We congratulate the Living Building Challenge on their win and hope that the $100,000 prize and the recognition of their truly innovative endeavors leads to even more structures becoming Living Buildings that protect and improve the environment around them. To learn more about the Living Building Challenge and the other esteemed finalists of this year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge, visit their website here.