The Living Building Challenge, run by the Cascadia Green Building Council, is growing in popularity these days. Referred to as one of the most advanced green building rating systems in the world, it's growing, I believe, in part because of its rigor. The Challenge is performance based, which means a project has to perform as modeled for one full year prior to receiving certification. Currently, four projects (see below) are racing to be the first to obtain Living Building Challenge certification.
The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) will be a candidate to be regarded as one of the greenest buildings in North America once it is completed. The building, which is presently under construction in Vancouver, is not only a superb example of sustainability in building design, but its purpose is to foster and accelerate sustainability and to bring together researchers, businesses, and nonprofits to work collaboratively on issues of sustainability.
- Vancouver goes for the green.
- Working in a green building feels good.
- The coming crackdown on greenwashing.
- A smart way to segment various green consumers.
- Beyond solar panels: small wind, geothermal, and solar hot water.
- 100 Gold developer forgoes LEED Certification.
- Xeriscaping supports water conservation.
- The bottom line on building green.
- It's complicated being green.
Also, if you have a chance, vote to help design nonprofit Project H launch a high school program in rural NC. Follow @jetsongreen on Twitter or fan Jetson Green on Facebook for more news, links, and commentary.