We are pleased to announce that a member of SPCleantech, the BLOK Architekci studio from Krakow, has become the first Living Building Challenge partner in Poland implementing projects according to this standard, and Katarzyna Wojda, the General Director of the Warsaw branch of BLOK ARCHITEKCI, has been appointed LBC Ambassador.
Living Building Challenge is an international sustainable construction certification program created in 2006 by the International Living Future Institute.
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the ultimate green building standard that can be applied to any building type around the world. The goal is to create Living Buildings that incorporate regenerative design solutions that actually improve the local environment rather than simply reducing harm. LBC is administered by the non-profit International Living Future Institute(ILFI), a global network dedicated to creating a healthy future for all.
In 2010, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York was one of the first two buildings to be fully certified as Living Building Challenge.
LBC projects must strive to produce more energy than they use, collect their own potable water from rainfall, treat all gray and stormwater on site, use the healthiest building materials available and provide a beautiful, educational and healthy environment for occupants.
Some projects cannot achieve LBC certification by design. Still, the Living Building Challenge can be aspirational for those projects and many strive to get as close as they can. Others may just want to take advantage of the work done by ILFI. For example, the Red List of materials to avoid where possible can be used by everyone in the building industry.
“What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?” — The Living Building Challenge (LBC).