Feature Article

How to Succeed with the Living Building Challenge: 12 Teams Share Tips

The bar is high—that’s obvious—but watch out for some surprising pitfalls. Here’s how dedicated teams have tackled Living Building challenges.

January 4, 2015

“If there were a LEED Titanium, we’d probably get it.”

But despite its super-greenness, homeowner Abel B’han’s Manhattan townhouse renovation is not going to get Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. As the “petals”—LBC’s term for its major requirements—fall away one by one, he’s gradually giving up hope that he will get any recognition at all under LBC, or that the project will attain its other lofty goal—Passive House certification.