International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
The primary purpose for ILFI programs is to create a healthy future for all. Their programs have specific focuses on Building, Product, Community, Core Green Building, Zero Energy, and Zero Carbon. We will look at just the Living Building Challenge (LBC) section relating to building certifications. Two key differences of the LBC in comparison to other certifications are:
#1 – Compliance based on actual data vs. modeled/anticipated performance that requires a minimum of 12 months operational use before assessment.
#2 – All projects must be holistic, addressing all 7 Petals at the Core level minimum.
Similar to the USGBC LEED certifications, the Living Building Challenge differentiates between a New Building, Existing Building and Interior updates. The LBC also offers a Landscape + Infrastructure certification pathway.