Tag Archives: Living Building Challenge

Where the Health and Wellness Movement Meets Building Design

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Where the Health and Wellness Movement Meets Building Design

Originally published on September 6, 2016 by BNP Media through the Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Blog. An emerging body of work is showing that our buildings have a profound impact on our health, well-being, happiness and productivity. The built environment can shape our habits and choices, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, drive us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influence our health through the quality of our surroundings. But how does a project team move decisively toward realizing a building….

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Navigating the “Red Lists”

Green Building

Navigating the “Red Lists”

It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. I recently took the time to read Carson’s seminal work (available through iTunes here), which outlines the environmental and human health costs of using pesticides, insecticides, and other chemical applications, and was struck by the relevance of the message. The green building movement is approaching a crossroads with the building product industry. A vast range of materials ranging from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based products, to mercury thermometers, lead solders and roofing materials, and certain….

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Rise of the Living Building Challenge

Green Building

Rise of the Living Building Challenge

It is the eve of this year’s Greenbuild Expo and one of the hot topics already making waves is the handful of recent projects that have been certified under the Living Building Challenge (LBC). The Living Building Challenge was authored by Toronto-native Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council and founder of the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute (ILFI). For those who criticize the LEED rating system for not going far enough with building performance metrics, consider the increased stringency required by the….

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