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A Living Building

Credit: W.L Tarbert
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PA120016.JPG
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

The Living Building Challenge is put out to people who are interested in creating the most advanced sustainable buildings.

Why It Matters

Credit: John Bointon
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48511058@N00/58976100
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

A building must go through the required certifications before becoming a certified living building [Figure2]

  • With 7 billion of us and more coming, it is increasingly important to use resources and create wastes wisely.
  • The challenge must meet several performance areas for site, water, energy health, materials, equality and beauty.
  • The Tyson Environmental and Ecological Field Station and Washington University is the result of one of the winners of the challenge.
  • The Tyson building cost $1.5 million, including all of the fixtures.

Show What You Know

With the link below, learn more about living buildings. Then answer the following questions.

  1. What is the goal of the Living Building Challenge?
  2. What are some of the benchmarks these buildings have to meet?
  3. What happens to the waste material that enters a composting toilet?
  4. Why is there no waste in a living system?
  5. How can builders bring down the costs of sustainable buildings?

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: W.L Tarbert; Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PA120016.JPG; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: John Bointon; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48511058@N00/58976100; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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