Ecotone Releases 2 New Books in Living Building Challenge Series

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Readers journey along with educators, children, families and communities involved in the concept, creation, occupation and certification of the UniverCity Childcare Centre in Vancouver, B.C. and The Bertschi School in Seattle. 

Ecotone Publishing today announced the release of Generation Green: The Making of the UniverCity Childcare Centre and Living Building Education: The Evolution of Bertschi School’s Science Wing.

The Making of the UniverCity Childcare Centre showcases a brilliant pairing of innovative design and deep, green construction. The 168-page, artfully illustrated book details the story of how the UniverCity community leadership, along with a talented team of green building professionals and committed educators elevated the bar for ecological design and early childhood education. UniverCity is located on the Simon Fraser University Campus in Burnaby, B.C.

“As one of the first wave of projects to take on the Living Building Challenge™, I think readers will find the making of this childcare facility a riveting tale,” says author Michael D. Berrisford. “It began its life, at least on paper, at the top floor of a six-story parking garage. Lucky for all involved with the project, it evolved for the better – morally and monetarily -- from there.”

Living Building Education: The Evolution of the Bertschi School’s Science Wing shares in 168 pages, the story of the elementary school’s journey with a team of dedicated green building professionals. Together, they worked collaboratively and passionately to weave sustainability and science into the consciousness of all elementary school kids who spend time learning in the school’s science wing.

“It is an honor to both be part of the pro-bono design team that made this Living Building Challenge effort a reality and to then share our successes, lessons and challenges with this book,” says author Chris Hellstern. “Bertschi School students and the community that supports them have this fantastic opportunity to experience sustainable principles first-hand and to share their education with others. We need next-generation innovators like those the Bertschi School will produce.”

These Living Building Challenge Series books guide readers through the most rigorous of green building standards, Petal by Petal, providing fascinating and educational project narratives. Each book offers an inside look at Living Building design and is complimented by full-color photography and architectural imagery. The goal of the series is to take real facilities and share stakeholder knowledge for the next generation of projects. 

Building in Bloom: The Making of the Sustainable Learning Center at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, kicked off the series last May. That book chronicles the story of how the historic Pittsburgh facility set its sights on the Challenge for its new research, education and administration facility.

Additional books are planned for 2015, including the Bullitt Center in Seattle and the Desert Rain House. All Living Building Challenge Series books can be purchased at the Ecotone booth during Living Future 2014 in Portland, Oregon, May 21-23rd, as well as via Ecotone’s online bookstore.

Download the full Press Release.