The Living Building Challenge

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?


The Living Building Challenge™ is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net-zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.

Living buildings give more than they take, creating a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.



The Living Building Challenge is organized into seven performance areas called Petals. Each Petal is sub-divided into Imperatives, which address specific issues through detailed requirements.


Restoring the relationship between buildings and place.


Supporting a just and equitable world.


Creating developments that operate within the water balance of a given place and climate.


Celebrating design that uplifts the human spirit.

Health + Happiness

Creating spaces that optimise physical and psychological health and wellbeing.


Endorsing healthy materials that are safe for all species through time.


Eliminating wasteful spending of energy, resources and dollars.

For further details, download the latest standard version or contact us about registering your project.

WELL + Greenstar crosswalks

In April 2017 the crosswalk document for the Living Building Challenge 3.1 and Green Star Design & As Built was released. The crosswalk aims to simplify the process for new buildings that are seeking both Living Building Challenge certification and a Green Star – Design & As Built certified rating.

Projects pursuing both Living Building Challenge and WELL Building Standard™ can now use the crosswalk document to simplify the process of achieving both targets. For the latest information, please contact us.

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