The Cambrian College Sustainable Centre in Sudbury, Ontario, is being designed by BNIM Architects to meet Living Building standards.
Hoping to transcend the prevailing mindset in the green building community, in which a Platinum score in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED®
Rating System is the highest possible achievement, the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, a chapter of both USGBC and the Canada Green Building Council, used Member Day during the November 2006 Greenbuild conference in Denver to issue a new challenge.
The objective of the Living Building Challenge is simple: “to define a true measure of sustainability in the built environment based on the best current thinking possible,” according to the draft version 1.0 of the standard, authored by Jason F. McLennan, CEO of Cascadia. The draft continues, “Projects that achieve this level of performance can claim to be the most sustainable in North America.” Making the case for the standard, McLennan told
that “until something is published as a standard, people can’t respond to it. Now that it is codified, Living Buildings will emerge.” Cascadia expects the first Living Buildings to be certified within three years.