About Obtaining Living Building Challenge Certification For Your Project


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The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a philosophy, certification, and advocacy tool which encourages projects to become regenerative.  Operated by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Building Challenge aims to inspire and increase projects which operate cleanly, beautifully and efficiently.


Certified Energy are the leaders in sustainability services. Our accredited Living Building Challenge assessors will  give you the best recommendations on improving the regenerative nature of your project.


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The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a performance based philosophy, certification, and advocacy tool which encourages buildings to become regenerative. The Living Building Challenge is based on actual performance rather than anticipated performance and therefore requires buildings to be operational for a minimum of twelve (12) continuous months before they are assessed and audited. In addition, the program is designed to be holistic and as such each project must address components of all seven (7) Petals.
The program encourages the design and construction of:
  • Regenerative buildings which connect occupants to surrounding factors such as light, air, food, nature and community
  • Buildings which do not exceed resource limits of their site and are therefore self-sufficient
  • Buildings which leave a positive impact on both the human and natural systems with which it interacts with


How is a Living Building Challenge Project Assessed?

A Living Building Challenge project is assessed against their seven Petals of Place, Water, Energy,
Health + Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty to ensure each project meets minimum levels of efficiency in each category. Each petal category is divided into smaller sections knowns as Imperatives which are applied to every project being assessed regardless of its scale, location or typology. Each project must only be assessed after twelve (12) months of continuous operation to verify actual, rather than estimated compliance.
The LBC may include temporary exemptions to acknowledge market limitations and as such our team will consult your project with the most up-to-date guidelines.





A Living Building Challenge Assessment must be undertaken after the project has been operational for a minimum of twelve (12) months. Each project must comply with aspects of all seven (7) Petals and their associated imperatives.

1. Place

The Place Petal encourages the restoration of a healthy relationship between nature, place and community. The Petal consists of two (2) core imperatives and two (2) imperatives:

Core Imperatives

  1. Ecology of Place - Project protects wild and ecologically significant places whilst encouraging ecological regeneration and the enhanced function of local communities and places.
  2. Human-Scaled Living - Project contributes to the creation of walkable, pedestrian-oriented communities that reduce usage of fossil fuel vehicles.


  1. Urban Agriculture - Project integrates opportunities for the local community to grow fresh food.
  2. Habitat Exchange - Project protects the land of other species.

2. water

The Water Petal encourages the creation of developments which operate within the water balance of the location and climate. The Petal consists of one (1) core imperative and one (1) imperative.

Core Imperative

  1. Responsible Water Use - Projects minimise wastage and use of potable water, as well as avoiding downstream impacts and pollution.


  1. Net Positive Water - Projects balance the use and release of water to work with the natural water flows of the site and its surroundings.

3. Energy

The Energy Petal encourages projects to rely on renewable resources. The Petal consists of one (1) core imperative and one (1) imperative.

Core Imperative

  1. Energy + Carbon Reduction - Projects must minimise energy-related carbon emissions which are contributing to climate change.


  1. Net Positive Carbon - Projects must implement strategies to be 'zero ready' ensuring the project can easily adapt to future renewable energy systems.

4. Health + Happiness

The Health + Happiness Petal encourages projects to foster environments that optimise both physical and psychological health as well as well being. The Petal consists of one (1) core imperative and two (2) imperatives.

Core Imperative

  1. Healthy Interior Environment - Project must promote good indoor air quality and healthy interior environment.


  1. Healthy Interior Performance - Projects must demonstrate an ongoing commitment and execution of high-quality indoor air and a healthy indoor environment.
  2. Access to Nature - Projects must provide opportunities for occupants to directly connect to nature.

5. Materials

The Materials Petal encourages projects to use products that are safe for all species through time. The Petal consists of one (1) core imperative and four (4) imperatives.

Core Imperative

  1. Responsible Materials - Projects must positively impact the building products market by considering transparency, sustainable extraction, local industries and waste diversion.


  1. Red List - Projects must avoid Red List chemical classes and foster a transparent materials economy free of toxins and harmful chemicals.
  2. Responsible Sourcing - Projects mist consider the sustainable extraction of materials and the transparent labelling of products.
  3. Living Economy Sourcing - Projects must support local communities and businesses whilst reducing transportation impacts.
  4. Net Positive Waste - Projects must integrate waste reduction into all phases of projects and consider the reuse of salvaged "waste" materials.

6. Equity

The Equity Petal encourages projects to support a just, equitable world. The Petal consists of two (2) core imperatives.

Core Imperatives

  1. Universal Access - Project must provide equitable access to, and protections from negative impacts resulting from the development of the project.
  2. Inclusion - Projects must create stable, safe and high-paying job opportunities for people in the local community whilst supporting local businesses.

7. Beauty

The Beauty Petal encourages the celebration of design that uplifts the human spirit. The Petal consists of two (2) core imperatives.

Core Imperatives

  1. Beauty + Biophilia - Projects must connect their teams and occupants to the benefits of biophilia and incorporate biophilic design elements.
  2. Education + Inspiration - Projects must provide educational materials about the operation and performance of the project to the both the occupants and the public to share successful solutions and catalyze change.

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Costing and Time Commitments

Since the process of conducting a Living Building Challenge Assessment is quite thorough and varies on a project-by-project basis, the cost of conducting the assessment can also vary greatly. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, we recommended that you contact us and obtain a quote. 

As for the time it takes to conduct a Living Building Challenge assessment, our turnaround will be dependent on the complexity of the project. If you have a deadline, let us know and we will make arrangements to meet it.


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