Living Buildings & Communities

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The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a building certification program with rigorous green standards; certification from this program denotes the highest levels of sustainability and efficiency for the built environment. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Three levels of certification exist: Living Building Certification, Petal Certification, and Net Zero Energy Building Certification. Projects obtain Living Building Certification by attaining all twenty Imperatives; Petal Certification by satisfying the requirements of three or more Petals, including at least one of the following: Water, Energy or Materials; or Net Zero Energy Building Certification by achieving four specific Imperatives, including net zero energy. There are currently 40 certified projects spread throughout more than a dozen countries around the world.

The Living Community Challenge takes this one step further by applying LBC concepts to entire communities or cities.

In this seminar, attendees will examine a variety of buildings at educational institutions in the Midwestern and Southeastern US which are pursuing or have achieved Living Building Certification, including: The College School’s Jan Phillips Learning Center, a pre-K-8th learning center located on the school’s LaBarque Creek campus with added educational features to teach students about sustainability; Knox College’s Green Oaks Biological Field Station which is located off-campus among native forest, grassland, and one of the Midwest’s most successful prairie restorations; Washington University’s Living Learning Center which tied to be the world’s first Living Building; and Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall. The concept of Living Communities will also be explored in this lecture.

Ralph Bicknese, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Principal at hellmuth + bicknese architects

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU HSW

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126.
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

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