Green certifications are important, but can you imagine a world where buildings are better than the best Platinum level certification? Can you imagine a building that lives? A living building is self-sustaining and off-the-grid in terms of energy and water usage. A living building goes beyond the paper requirements for certification and seeks true sustainability. Earlier this month at Greenbuild, the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the USGBC announced winners of the 2007 Living Building Competition. Here are the winners:
- OHSU – Center for Health and Healing (Portland, OR)
- Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Rhinebeck, NY)[Pictured Above]
- Seminar II (Olympia, WA)
- Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center at Westcave Preserve (Round Mountain, TX)
- Alice Ferguson Foundation (Accokeek, MD)
- Kenton Living Building (Portland, OR)
There’s a lot of innovative information on each building, and you can click the links above to read directly about that specific project.