New Standard Addresses Social Justice, Urban Agriculture and Community Scale Impacts
Download the challenge 2.0: (International Living Building Institute)
Story:, AZ) Nov. 10, 2009 ­ The newest iteration of the Living Building Challenge was released today at Greenbuild, the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference.  The International Living Building Institute (ILBI), in conjunction with the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, launched version 2.0 with the ultimate goal to fundamentally change the built environment.


The concept of Living Buildings was first introduced three years ago and quickly gained recognition as the world’s most revolutionary approach to green building. 

Most green building certification programs have focused on individual buildings, but the new Living Building Challenge program is both more comprehensive and more expansive, including small in-home remodels, community or campus-wide initiatives and infrastructure projects ­ including bridges, roads and parks.

The expanded breadth of version 2.0 brings more people to the table. “This standard is a unifying tool, bringing together many disciplines and players for the 
first time under one green building standard ­ architects and developers with urban planners and landscape architects, environmentalists and social activists, as well as affordable housing advocates and preservationists ­ to form a visionary pathway to a restorative future,” says Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council.

…Three projects have completed construction and have entered their verification phase: Tyson Living Learning Center in Eureka, MO; Omega Center for 
Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY; and Eco-Sense, a private residence in Victoria, British Columbia.  The Living Building Challenge is primarily performance-based, requiring a minimum of twelve months of operation prior to certification.

Visit the ILBI website to download the new version of the Challenge. www.ilbi.orgAbout Cascadia
The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is a 501(c) (3) non-profit in the US, and is incorporated as a nonprofit in British Columbia.  Cascadia promotes 
the design, construction and operation of buildings in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work and learn. 


Cascadia is one of three original chapters of the US Green Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only international chapter in North America. It is the originator of the Living Building Challenge, authored by Jason F. McLennan.

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Media Contacts:
Kathleen Warren, Parsons Public Relations / 206.789.5668

Eden Brukman, Cascadia Region Green Building Council / 503.228.5533 (o) / 503.544.9778 (m)

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