Lunch with the Living Building Challenge

Published on June 17th, 2014

Centerbrook Associate Melissa Arminio Kops will present an overview of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) at Yale’s Kroon Hall on Saturday June 21 at 1 p.m. “LBC is the most rigorous performance standard for the built environment,” said Kops, who is recognized by the organization as a Living Future Accredited Architect. “It requires that building projects operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.”

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) was launched in 2006 as an inspiration for the design community to imagine a built environment that works in harmony with nature. The first Living Buildings were certified in 2010. There are only five certified projects to date, but more than 200 registered projects are underway in 10 countries, including the South Kent School Center for Innovation, a project which Kops worked on.

Kops also is an accredited LEED professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and wrote about the two building certification systems in a post on The Millrace, the Centerbrook blog. Attendees to her talk can earn AIA/GBCI/LFA credit.

Kroon Hall, which is LEED Platinum, was designed by Hopkins Architects and Centerbrook and was named in 2010 as one of the top 10 ten examples worldwide of “sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment” by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment.