More Rigorous than LEED Platinum: the Living Building Challenge

The Living Building Challenge is a big deal. It requires that a building use net-zero energy and net-zero water. The Tyson Research Center, perched at the western edge of St. Louis, could be the first project in the nation to meet this challenge. We’ll know soon.


Washington University in St. Louis owns the building, which was designed by St. Louis-based Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects.

Shortly after the Tyson Research Center opened in May 2009, Jan Niehaus, chair of the USGBC-STL Marketing Committee, published an article on the Living Building Challenge (LBC) in the Electrical Distributor, a national trade magazine. Click here to read the article, which features Dan Hellmuth, a principal with Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects and a founding USGBC-STL member.

Not to be missed … The Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW is coming to St. Louis on April 21. This daylong workshop will be held at the Tyson Research Center. Learn more about the workshop here.  Buy your tickets here. USGBC-STL members receive a discount on the workshop fee, but act quickly because late registration begins April 14, 7 PM CST.

Tour the building … You’ll have another chance to explore the Tyson Research Center and learn about the Living Building Challenge in September, when the Chapter leads a public tour of the project. When the program date is set, you’ll find it on our Event Calendar.

Submitted by Jan Niehaus, Chair of the USGBC-STL Marketing Committee and president of Communication by Design. To get involved with the Marketing Committee, please e-mail Jan

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