The Living Building Challenge is an attempt to dramatically raise the bar from a paradigm of doing less harm to one in which we view our role as steward and co-creator of a true Living Future. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.
The Living House is seeking to be New Zealand's first certified Living Building Challenge dwelling. This is a lofty goal and has been made more challenging by the fact that when we decided to undertake this challenge no other NZ projects were registered for Living Building Challenge Certification. However now at least 3 other projects are registered in NZ.....so the race is on.
The Living Building Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories, or ‘Petals’: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.
Living Building Challenge certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance. Therefore, projects must be operational for at least twelve consecutive months prior to evaluation for the majority of our Imperative verifications.
As the design and construction of our new dwelling progresses we will add further information and detail on how exactly we are achieving these imperatives.
The first thing we needed to determine in terms of the Living Building Challenge was what Transect we would fall into.
The different Transects of the Living Building Challenge are shown in the image to the right.
We believe that we are in L4. General Urban Zone. However given that our FAR appears to be 0.44 (building footprint of 318m2 compared to project area of 720m2) then perhaps we may need to be L3. Village or Campus Zone.
Maybe we live in the Beachland's Village rather than Auckland City!