Global GreenTag Pty Ltd has released its latest draft Living Building Challenge (LBC) Standard for public comment.
Developed with input from an eminent expert panel, the LBC Standard aims to support the growth of the Living Building Challenge program in Australia and increase the ease with which green building professionals and builders can choose products knowing they exceed compliance with the LBC ‘Red List’.
The LBC program was developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) in the US and its founder Jason McLennan who toured several capital cities in July 2012 and established the Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) in partnership with the ILFI.
The LBC program seeks to ensure buildings operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To achieve certification, a project must meet 20 rigorous Imperatives (including net-zero energy, waste and water) over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.
There are 140 registered projects globally and the first four local projects in Australia include the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong, a sustainable training centre at Illawarra TAFE’s Yallah Campus and the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
The expert panel responsible for the development of the draft Standard consisted of Suzette Jackson (Innate Ecology & ILFA Director), Chris Nunn (NDY & ILFA Director), Andy Marlow (Cox Richardson & ILFA Director), Kathy Madden (Pidcock Architects), Kristie Martin (Viridus E3) and Global GreenTag Program Director David Baggs.
According to David Baggs, the Living Building Challenge GreenTag Standard is another important step taken by GreenTag to support the green building sector and the professionals leading the charge by simplifying the increasingly complex decision making processes around green products.
Similar to the Green Star, the LBC standard has been developed as a tool specific certification mark that provides clarity on green criteria in product selection.
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