International Living Future Institute – Part Two: Living Building Challenge


Recently, we introduced our blog readers to the International Living Future Institute and its mission.  One of the key areas under the Living Future umbrella that’s looked at in creating a healthier future is our buildings.  The International Living Future Institute has come up with the world’s most rigorous performance standard for buildings; otherwise known as the Living Building Challenge. 

So what is a living building?  According to Living-Future.org, Living Buildings are:

  • Regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site
  • Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them

The Living Building Challenge is divided into seven performance areas (otherwise known as petals): place, water, energy, health & happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.  By designing with these divisions in mind, the goal is for our buildings to be as efficient as a flower; “a simple symbol for the ideal built environment.”

Google has decided to embrace this new way of design and tackle some of the petals at their Chicago, Illinois location.  “Google’s priority was to have a workplace that is the healthiest environment possible and to design a place that inspires and empowers Google employees to perform at their best everyday.”  Google’s office is Petal Certified, tackling the following design considerations: Place, Materials, and Beauty.  See the finished photos below.



For more information on the Living Building Challenge, visit: https://living-future.org/lbc/

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