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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.”

Lead Image ©Farshid Assassi, Courtesy of BNIM Architects