News Analysis

First Projects Certified Under Living Building Challenge

The wait is over: the first projects have been certified as meeting the stringent terms of the Living Building Challenge (LBC; for background, see “The Living Building Challenge: Can It Really Change the World?” EBN June 2009). Two buildings have achieved full certification after their first year of operation, and a third has earned recognition for performing to LBC standards in four out of six categories. Although all three projects were completed by May 2009, they had to demonstrate through a year’s worth of data that they actually met design intentions for net-zero energy and water use. Additional time passed as data and other aspects of certification were verified.

Published October 12, 2010

Wendt, A. (2010, October 12). First Projects Certified Under Living Building Challenge. Retrieved from