The Living Building Certification is considered by many to be the highest echelon in green building, surpassing even LEED in terms of sustainability, life cycle design and operation. Recently, three buildings were the first to receive the Living Buildings title, achieved through third party rating. We are proud to announce that the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in upstate New York and the Tyson Living Learning Center in Eureka, MO have both earned full certification, or ‘Living’ status; and Eco-Sense, a private residence in Victoria, BC, earned partial program certification, or ‘Petal Recognition’, for achieving four of the six stringent ‘Petals’. Read on to learn more about this trio of amazing buildings.
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Since the start of the Living Building Challenge in 2006, over 70 projects have registered for Living Building Certification. To achieve this rating, a Living Building must generate all of its own energy through clean, renewable resources; capture and treat its own water through ecologically sound techniques; incorporate only nontoxic, appropriately sourced materials; and operate efficiently and for maximum beauty. Alternatively, projects can receive ‘Petal’ recognition when they achieve three of the six category requirements. Projects must be built and operable, monitoring their status for an entire year and certified through an independent third-party to achieve certification.
Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Building Institute, said “These three projects have demonstrated that we have all of the skills and technology we need to completely transform the built environment. These are quite simply the greenest buildings in the world. If the building industry follows the example set by these pioneering teams, we can begin healing our ecosystems and creating a future in which all life can thrive.”
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