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Twitter brings the Living Building Challenge to the UK

Attend a lecture on the ultra-green building standard on 3 April

The UK launch of the Seattle-based Living Building Challenge (LBC) will take place on 3 April.

UK interest in the American standard was initially sparked via social media. Several UK professionals – including Mel Starrs and sustainability advocate Martin Brown - followed  LBC’s 2011 Portland, Oregon conference via Twitter and resolved to promote awareness of the standard in the UK.

At last year’s AIA convention in Washington, D.C. in May, I heard LBC CEO Jason McLennan explain the deep green advocacy and accreditation scheme at a seminar on biophilic design. Also in May, Leeds-based sustainability platform Green Vision hosted an LBC presentation along with a key note address by Mel Starrs.

Initiated by the Cascadia Building Council in 2006, LBC is a holistic building certification process that promotes net zero energy, water-independent, non-toxic developments.

Only six projects have been certified to date. Projects cannot be submitted for final certification until 12 months after occupancy.

LBC is already active in many countries, with a project underway in Ireland. The standard is promoted globally by individuals who sign on as LBC ‘ambassadors’. To date, the UK has two ambassadors  (Martin Brown and Arup’s Michael Trousdell) and support from Green Vision in Leeds which has founded the LBC UK Collaborative to support project teams seeking  LBC certification.

At a London lecture, LBC vice president Amanda Sturgeon FAIA will explain the principles of the Living Building Challenge and discuss the balance between healthy materials and energy efficiency. Amanda is an architect and was co-director of sustainability at Perkins + Will prior to joining LBC in 2010.

  • Amanda Sturgeon will launch Living Building Challenge UK with a lecture on 3 April at 6pm, Interface Showroom, 1 Northburgh Street, London EC1V OAL.

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