Posted by Emily Busch (DRN Intern)
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Cascadia is challenging the building community to go beyond the ethos of “do less harm”. They are encouraging folks to engage in regenerative design with the Living Building Challenge. Unlike LEED, which has universal recommendations to pick and choose from, a Living Building takes into account regional characteristics and has 16 mandatory requirements including 100% on site renewable energy production and the ability to capture and treat all water for the inhabitants’ needs. The Living Building Challenge also has stringent requirements on construction waste diversion…something the Deconstruction and Reuse Network is poised to assist with. Though the green building movement has recently made great strides, the Living Building Challenge reminds us that it is not a time for complacency but instead a time to work toward our highest potential.