Living Buildings Challenge December 06 2006
Now we're talking.
At the Greenbuild conference this fall the Cascadia Chapter of the US Greenbuilding Council offered up a challenge for green designers, builders and building owners to "go beyond Platinum." (Platinum is the highest current rating of the USGBC LEED rating system.) The criteria, for the first time in my mind, really address the issues of sustainability, including responsible site selection, limits to growth, habitat exchange, net-zero energy, a materials red list that bans a long list of chemicals, construction carbon off-sets, responsible industry, appropriate materials and services radius, recycling construction waste, net-zero water, sustainable water discharge, a civilized work environment (for commercial projects), healthy air and source control, ventilation, inspiration and education, and most surprising (and finally!) BEAUTY and SPIRIT.
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