An Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

James Connelly, International Living Future Institute

Lab buildings regularly account for over 50% of energy usage on university campuses in spite of occupying only 20-30% of the total space. Overall, labs consume five times more energy, and four times more water, than offices.  Therefore, addressing the energy and water consumption of the Life Science Industry offer a leverage point for improvement of the environmental impact of our built environment.

Join this session to learn about how the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard could be applied to improve the safety, health and the environmental performance of Lab buildings. The Challenge is guided by one fundamental questions: What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? Gain a deeper understanding of the aspirational program and walk away with practical tools for improving the design and operation of life science buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about the goals of the Living Building Challenge

  • To understand the standards of the Living Building Challenge
  • To learn about how the Living Building Challenge has been applied to buildings around the world
  • To understand how the Living Building Challenge is being applied to life science buildings


James Connelly, LFA, LEED AP, Vice President Products & Strategic Growth, International Living Future Institute.


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