Christopher Gutsche, NCARB, Architect, LEED AP

Making News

Jan 4

Living Building Challenge

In a previous post we introduced the Living Building Challenge, a holistic building certification program developed and administered by the Living Future Institute (ILFI) that can be applied to any type of project.” The Living Building Challenge is an attempt to dramatically raise the bar from a paradigm of doing less harm to one in which we view our role as a steward and co-creator of a true Living Future.” The Living Building Challenge consists of seven performance categories, or “Petals”: Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. A project can be “petal certified” by achieving one of the three most challenging petals — energy, water, materials — and two others. To achieve the energy petal requires that 105 percent of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by onsite renewable energy on a net annual basis, without the use of onsite combustion. Projects must provide onsite energy storage for resiliency


Chris Gutsche is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.

Learn more: living-future.org
Check out the LBC Standard: Living Building Challenge 3.1 Standard