During the last century, residential and commercial buildings have evolved from one- or two-story structures heated by fireplaces, lighted by candles with no running water to ones of several stories connected to the grid to provide energy for heating, cooling and lighting and modern plumbing to provide potable water and sanitation. The LEED standard was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in the 1990s to help architects, designers and developers create buildings that are more energy-efficient, use recycled materials and are generally healthier for their occupants.
Now comes the Living Building Challenge, an even higher standard launched in 2009 by the Cascadia Green Building Council located in the Cascades region of the U.S. and Canada. The standard considers seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. These areas are then subdivided into twenty imperatives such as net positives for energy, water and waste.
If you’re located in the Mid-Atlantic region, you can learn more from the experts who have had experience managing a living building project. The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is hosting Experience the Living Building Challenge at the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland, on Saturday, May 20, from 9:45am to 2pm.
To learn more about the event, the speakers and to register, please go to: http://bit.ly/2mcIxIk