Living Building Challenge

The Living Building ChallengeTM 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.

Download the Living Building Challenge Standard 2.1 to learn more.

Living Building Challenge Mission

To encourage the creation of Living Buildings, Landscapes and Neighborhoods in countries around the world while inspiring, educating and motivating a global audience about the need for fundamental and transformative change.

In 2010 the International Living Futures Institute celebrated the full certification of the world’s first Living Buildings, and in doing so, marked the transformation of their program from a visionary aspiration to a proven strategy for bringing the built environment into alignment with the ecosystem as a whole.

The Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) was established in 2012 by a passionate founding committee as a visionary hub for restorative programs and action within Australia. The Australian Institute provides training, support, and design initiatives across four innovative international programs. Visit LFIA’s new website and join the Living Future Institute Australia LinkedIn discussion page to learn about how Australians are implementing a living future.

The Living Futures Institute believes that a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Rather than advocating for incremental improvements to the built environment and the industries that interact with it, the Living Futures Institute defines the desired outcome for the movement it serves: the cultivation of restorative ecosystems in which thriving communities benefit the biosphere as a whole.