Living Future Accreditation is designed to acknowledge the most advanced and progressive thinking professionals that are working towards a living future.
As individuals we do what we know and have learned, either through instruction or through observation and assimilation. The accreditation program provides the essential education and learning environment. Education empowers us to be better people and effectively contribute to society. When tooled with expertise, ingenuity and passion we can transform the built environment and create the optimal space that the environment needs to thrive. Take the first step in becoming Living Future Accredited.
You must complete all of the following requirements in order to achieve Living Future Accreditation status:
- A total of 70 approved hours must be earned
- Of those 70 hours, 20 must be Institute specific
- It is important to the Institute that all accredited professionals have a holistic knowledge of sustainable and regenerative design. Therefore, you must have at least 2 hours of content within each of the categories or petals within the Living Building Challenge Standard 3.0. Review the Living Future Accreditation Education Catalogue here.
In addition to the 70 hours, you must:
- Read Living Building Challenge Standards 3.0,
- Have an active membership with the organization, and
- Attend the Understanding the Living Building Challenge Workshop live or online.
Once you are accredited you will be able to use the term "Living Future Accredited" (LFA) after your name and use the LFA seal for a period of two years after your accreditation date. You will also be listed in our Living Future Accredited Directory and receive an electronic certificate upon request. The achievement of this designation demonstrates your commitment to creating solutions to complex problems and challenges in working towards a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative environment with a focus on the built environment. Among LFA professionals you will find leaders in your community, those that understand the need to break down barriers, change regulation, and think at a community generational scale.
You can earn hours in a number of ways, but keep in mind that you must complete at least 20 Institute specific hours and at least 2 hours within each Petal. You will find a complete listing of LFA hours in the Living Future Accreditation Education Catalogue. Take the first step in becoming Living Future Accredited.
Institute specific hours pertain to educational content that the Institute delivers. This includes both online and live content. Additional Institute specific hours can include Ambassador Presenter volunteer hours, Collaborative Facilitator volunteer hours or pre-approved volunteer work with the Institute.
General hours pertain to educational content delivered by one of our Educational Providers, volunteer work you have done with a non-profit or charitable organization, hours accumulated from the reading list, or hours that you submit for approval from unapproved Education Providers.
Volunteer hours can be acquired through the Institute but must be pre-approved. Volunteer work is given preferential treatment to those already affiliated with the organization. You can earn hours for volunteering with other non-profit or charitable organizations. See catalogue for maximum hours.
Project Team hours include registered or certified projects where you are or have been a major team member contributing to the design or construction of the project. Example roles are as a Project Manager or Project Architect/Engineer for the consultant team, Owners representative, Superintendent for the Contractor, or Landscape Architect. Please indicate the the project name, your role, date worked, hours and a paragraph describing your role and activities on the project. See catalogue for maximum hours.
The commitment form and application fee is $150. You must submit a payment in order for your application process to begin. Once you have begun the application process (complete this form and pay $150) you have one year to complete all of your requirements. Hours will only be counted if they have been acquired within the last 2 years from your final submission date. When you have fulfilled all of your hours and requirements in the maintenance form you can check the final completion box. Upon your final submission, your accreditation hours will be reviewed and your Living Future Accreditation status will be updated within 3 weeks of your final submission. Once you are accredited you will be able to use the term "Living Future Accredited (LFA)" after your name for a period of two years after your accreditation date. You can continue to use the maintenance form to update your hours. If you have any questions please see the FAQ page or contact LFA@living-future.org.