News Analysis

LEED Offers Living Building Challenge Alignment

Projects certified under LBC will be able to get full LEED credit in energy and water categories without added documentation.

April 10, 2015

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that projects certified under the Living Building Challenge (LBC) can automatically earn most of the points available under its LEED rating system for energy and water efficiency.

The alignment could have practical implications for project teams, but it is at least partly symbolic. “USGBC and the International Living Future Institute [ILFI], developers of the Living Building Challenge, share a common commitment and goal to transform the way we design, build, and operate our buildings,” said Scot Horst, chief product officer at USGBC, in a press release. “The Challenge plays an important role on the green building performance curve and is a complement to LEED.”