Code, Regulatory and Systemic Barriers Affecting Living Building Projects

This report addresses both systemic and specific regulatory barriers encountered by projects pursuing the goals and prerequisites established by the Living Building Challenge within the U.S. and Canada. The methodology employed in developing it included examining the range of regulatory and other approvals required to design and build leading-edge projects, surveying Living Building Challenge project teams, researching and reviewing existing literature on this topic and interviewing knowledgeable experts across the U.S. and Canada in the public and private sectors, in research and in non-governmental organizations.

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Primary Authors
David Eisenberg, Development Center for Appropriate Technology
Sonja Persram, Sustainable Alternatives Consulting, Inc.

Secondary Author
Katie Spataro, Cascadia Green Building Council

Editor and Contributor
Jason F. McLennan, Cascadia Green Building Council