The International Living Building Institute announced the results of its first third-party certification audits, proving that “Living Buildings” can be designed and built to benefit the ecosystems they inhabit. In recognition of this achievement, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) will be profiling the program and sharing other ongoing project efforts at CitiesAlive, the 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Vancouver, BC on December 1, 2010. The group will be conducting a special education session that introduces participants to the current Living Building Challenge standard.
The courses and workshops at CitiesAlive will emphasize integrated design practices including:
- integrated water management,
- rooftop urban agriculture,
- ecological green roof design, and
- collaborative design principles.
The Living Building Challenge is widely regarded as the world’s most rigorous green building performance standard and has redefined the design and construction process for more than seventy projects since its launch in 2006. 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. Summary information about each certified project is available on the International Living Buliding Institute website.