St. Louis – Home to a Living Building!


IMAGE: Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects

IMAGE: Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects

The Living Learning Center is a new 2,900-square-foot facility at the Washington University’s Tyson Research Center built to meet the Living Building Challenge of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC).


The Living Building Challenge is a rigorous performance standard that defines the closest measure of true sustainability in the built environment, using a benchmark of what is currently possible and given the best knowledge available today. The standard is comprised of 16 prerequisites including net-zero energy and water, habitat exchange, nontoxic materials and beauty and inspiration. No building has met this standard yet, but the Living Learning Center is in the running to be the first in North America.

In order to be certified as a Living Building, it must be fully operational for at least 12 consecutive months; this program demands proof that the occupants engage the project as anticipated. Projects that achieve this level of performance can claim to be among the “greenest” anywhere, and will serve as role models to others that follow.

USGBC-STL’s Program Committee is planning a tour of the building for next year!

Learn more about the features of the Living Learning Center!
See this presentation on the Center at Greening the Heartland in Detroit
Download the Living Building Challenge Standard

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