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Buildings Are Living Systems

The Living Building Challenge is the world's most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. Created and administered by the International Living Future Institute, this standard challenges designers and green builders to create buildings that are:

  • Regenerative spaces that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature and community.
  • Self-sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site. Living Buildings produce more energy than they use and collect and treat all water on site.
  • Creating a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.
  • Places that last. Living Buildings need to be designed to operate for a hundred year's time.
  • Healthy and beautiful.
To achieve Living Building Challenge certification, a project must meet 20 imperatives, including net-zero energy, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Green Hammer is committed to bringing the Living Building Challenge to the Portland and Ashland regions in Oregon. Learn what it takes to achieve the Living Building Challenge in this case study about the Living Building Challenge Petal-certified Tasting Room at Cowhorn Vineyard and Gardens. Or, you can dive into the Living Building Challenge by visiting the International Living Future Institute's website.  Photo by 2Yoke Design.  

The Living Building Challenge


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