“What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?” – The Living Building Challenge (LBC)
Created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Building Challege (LBC) is an international sustainable building certification program with the goal of regenerative design solutions that can improve the environment, not just reduce harm. The ILFI created the LBC in its efforts toward restoring our environment and ecosystem to healthy standards. The ILFI’s goal is to phase out and eliminate the use of harmful materials and chemicals to create a more sustainable and healthier ecosystem for future generations.
The Georgia Institute of Technology announced the recent LBC certification achievement of the Kendeda Building. Globally recognized as one of the most rigorous green building standards in the world, the Kendeda Building is the first project to receive the LBC certification in the southeast region of the U.S. and is considered one of the greenest buildings in the world.
Stemming from the movement for net-zero buildings by 2030, the ILFI’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) pushes architects and developers to reach for net-positive buildings. Net-positive buildings are created with healthy building materials, produce an excess of energy and water, and send less waste to landfills. Unlike LEED certification, the LBC is based on a 12-month performance period, during which the building must meet these specific requirements. Buildings that are net-positive and achieve LBC certification have enormous human and environmental health benefits, as well as substantial cost-savings.
Kendeda Building performance metrics include:
Architects on the Kendeda Building project, Lord Aeck Sargent and Miller Hull, utilized the SMARTci 1 in 1 continuous insulation (CI) system to aid in achieving LBC certification. The SMARTci System’s composite metal hybrid (CMH) component material allows for the highest level of energy efficiency by reducing thermal-loss, as well as prevents moisture damage within the building envelope. Not only does this best practice continuous insulation system save on thermal energy and operating costs, but also extends the life of the building.
The CI system components also consist of 25% post-consumer recycled and re-usable material. This prevents building material waste from going to the landfill. The LBC also screens for Red List materials or chemicals that pose a serious risk to human and environmental health. Eliminating the use of Red List materials can have long-term positive effects on the environment.
“We feel a responsibility to lead by example,” said Angel Cabrera, President of Georgia Tech. With the goal of inspiring future leaders in sustainability and innovation of environmental and human health, The Kendera Building will continue to inspire members of the institution as well as visitors for years to come.