PrintOur 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:

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Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Williams College, Williamstown MA
R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College, Amherst MA. Photo: Mariah Kurtz


Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst MA. Photo: Jessica Schultz
Lloyd Center for the Environment, Dartmouth MA. Sketch: studio2sustain


This Regenerative village will serve as a call to action for people to apply principles of ecotheology in their own communities and places of worship, creating a ripple effect of positive change
Yale Divinity School Campus, New Haven CT. Sketch: McLennan Design






We have also helped clients achieve LEED Certification. Please view our LEED projects here.