Part of the excitement about the Sunset Substation Park is the goal for sustainable architecture that we've set: Â meeting the Living Building Challenge: From the International Living Building Institute:
"Living Building Challenge 2.0 is a cohesive standard â€“ pulling together the most progressive thinking from the worlds of architecture, engineering, planning, landscape design and policy.
It challenges us to ask the question: What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?
What if every intervention resulted in greater biodiversity; increased soil health; additional outlets for beauty and personal expression; a deeper understanding of climate, culture and place; a realignment of our food and transportation systems; and a more profound sense of what it means to be a citizen of a planet where resources and opportunities are provided fairly and equitably?
Indeed, â€œLiving Building Challengeâ€ is not a merely a noun that defines the character of a particular solution for development, but more relevant if classified as a series of verbs â€“Â calls for action that describe not only the â€˜buildingâ€™ of all of humanityâ€™s longest lasting artifacts, but also of the relationships and broader sense of community and connectivity they engender. It is a challenge to immerse ourselves in such a pursuit - and many refer to the ability to do so as a â€œparadigm shiftâ€.
The Living Building Challenge is comprised of seven performance areas, or â€˜Petalsâ€™: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. "
This is a relatively new standard, one-upping LEED standards, to think more holistically and less prescriptively about the impacts our buildings have on the greater environment. Â I encourage all to check out their website and find out more about this program. Â There is a broad overview of the Challenge, but the nitty gritty technical requirements are behind a paid registration firewall.
As we go through it, I'll be posting more information about our experience and the techniques that we're going to employ to meet the Challenge.