Understanding the Living Building Challenge - Boston, MA

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 9:00am EST
The Living Building Challenge™ is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. 
A Full Day Course:
Understanding the Living Building Challenge provides a 6-hour in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Attendees are green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment. This course will be in English without translation available. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of course completion. 
Workshop Overview:
8:30 - 9:00           Registration 
9:00 - 10:00         The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge / Petal rationale + strategies: Site 
10:00 - 10:15       Coffee Break 
10:15 - 11:45       Petal rationale + strategies: Water, Energy, Health / Small Group Discussion 
11:45 - 12:30       Lunch + Case Studies 
12:30 - 14:00       Petal rationale + strategies: Materials, Equity, Beauty / Small Group Discussion 
14:00 - 15:30       Breaking down Barriers / Community + Tools / Full Group Discussion 
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge  
  • Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles 
  • Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area  
  • Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design
  • Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process 


Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA - Vice President, Living Building Challenge
Amanda oversees the Living Building Challenge program and team out of the Seattle office. She is an award-winning architect and has been recognized as a pioneering leader in the green building movement in the northwest region where she has practiced since 1998. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council in 2000-2002, has served on the board of AIA Seattle and has been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008, and was the 2011 AIA/NAIUSI Fellow through which she spent a month in Italy studying Biophilia and Beauty as a pathway to a restorative future.


This workshop is being held in conjuction with the NESEA conference.  Registration is handled through the NESEA confernce website, Understanding the Living Building Challenge Registration at NESEA conference.