Our favorite projects are those with the goal of Living Building Challenge certification.
Living Building Challenge (LBC) asks the question, “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?”
LBC demands regenerative design solutions – building projects that go beyond simply reducing harm and, instead, actually improve the local environment. LBC projects provide the strongest commitment to the environment because they account for all negative environmental externalities (air, water, habitat quality; human health & happiness, the ability of future generations to live a healthy life and meet their own needs).
Regenerative design principles, when applied to a project, can yield enormous benefits, in terms of life cycle cost, worker happiness, community goodwill, and brand value (not to mention front line ecological benefit).
A Living Building Challenge project requires integrative teamwork and a clear understanding of occupant behavior and resource consumption. IES provides consulting on all aspects of LBC, including healthy building material research, planning for net zero energy and water use, and preparation of required documentation for certification.
Our LBC Projects:
Class Of 1966 Environmental Center, Williams College, Williamstown MA / Petal Certified 2017
RW Kern Center, Hampshire College, Amherst MA / In Performance Period
Hitchock Center for the Environment, Amherst MA / In Performance Period
Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth MA / In Construction
Yale Divinity School Campus, New Haven CT / Study Complete