Imperative 10: Red List

To eliminate the use of worst-in-class materials/chemicals with the greatest impact to human and ecosystem health.

The project cannot contain any of the following Red List materials or chemicals:
• Alkylphenols
• Asbestos
• Bisphenol A (BPA)
• Cadmium
• Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene
• Chlorobenzenes
• Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
• Chloroprene (Neoprene)
• Chromium VI
• Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)
• Formaldehyde (added)
• Halogenated Flame Retardants (HFRs)
• Lead (added)
• Mercury
• Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
• Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
• Phthalates
• Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
• Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC)
• Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins
• Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol
• Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in wet applied products

how the Living House complies

This is a challenging imperative requiring that all materials that we use in the project do not contain any of the above items. This means that we need to ask and get confirmation from everybody that everything we use is compliant. This imperative requires us to compile an enormous list of ALL the products and materials that we are using on the house and that we track them in DETAIL to ensure they don't contain any Red List products. In addition we have to ask every supplier to go into detail on each of their products. For example for the Black and Grey water recycling products we will need a MSDS for each elements that goes into their systems!

To view the products and materials that we are using on the Living House please click here >>>>>

To find out more about the reasoning behind why these items are on the Red list please click here >>>>>

Imperative 11: Embodied Carbon Footprint

To minimize projects’ embodied carbon through design as well as to offset projects’ climate change-related construction impacts.

The project must account for the total embodied carbon (tCO2e) impact from its construction through a onetime carbon offset in the Institute’s new Living Future Carbon Exchange or an approved carbon offset provider.

how the Living House complies

The Living House is using the free tool ETool LCD to determine its total embodied carbon impact. The Living House will then purchase an offset amount through the Living Future's Carbon Exchange Program. 

Imperative 12: Responsible Industry

To reduce the damaging environmental and social impacts related to industries that rely on natural resource extraction and plant cultivation.

1.The project must advocate for the creation and adoption of third-party certified standards for sustainable resource extraction and fair labor practices. Applicable raw materials include stone and rock, metal, minerals, and timber.

2.For timber, all wood must be certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 100% labeling standards, from salvaged sources, or from the intentional harvest of timber on-site for the purpose of clearing the area for construction or restoring/maintaining the continued ecological function of the on-site bionetwork.

3.All projects must use—at a minimum—one Declare product for every 500 square meters of gross building area and must send Declare program information to at least 10 manufacturers not currently using Declare.

how the Living House complies

1. We are still looking into how to comply with this part of the imperative.

2.The Living House will only be purchasing FSC certified or recycled timber for use on the Living House.

3. The Living House has yet to identify which Declare products we will be using on this project. Once we determine which products that we wish to use have Declare we will list them here. 

Imperative 13: Living Economy Sourcing

To support investment in local economies that stimulates local economic growth, strengthens community ties and development and minimizes environmental impacts associated with transportation of products and people.

The project must incorporate place-based solutions and contribute to the expansion of a regional economy rooted in sustainable practices, products and services.
Manufacturer location for materials and services must adhere to the following restrictions:
• 20% or more of the materials construction budget must come from within 500 kilometers of construction site.
• An additional 30% of the materials construction budget must come from within 1,000 km of the construction site or closer.
• An additional 25% of the materials construction budget must come from within 5,000 km of the construction site.
• 25% of materials may be sourced from any location.
• Consultants must come from within 2,500 km of the project location.

how the Living House complies

The Living House will be using the LBC tracking spreadsheet to determine the manufacturing location of all of the proidcts and materials that we use in our new house. This is going to be a BIG task as per Imperative 10. When we have finished compiling this spreadsheet we will post it here for other projects to download. 

Imperative 14: Net Positive Waste

To reduce environmental burdens from the extraction, processing and disposal of materials and turn waste into a valuable resource through beneficial reuse.

The project team must strive to reduce or eliminate the production of waste during design, construction, operation, and end of life in order to conserve natural resources and to find ways to integrate waste back into either an industrial loop or natural nutrient loop.

All projects must feature at least one salvaged material per 500 square meters of gross building area or be an adaptive reuse of an existing structure.
The project team must create a Material Conservation Management Plan that explains how the project optimizes materials in each of the following phases:
• Design Phase, including the consideration of appropriate durability in product specification
• Construction Phase, including product optimization and collection of wasted materials
• Operation Phase, including a collection plan for consumables and durables
• End of Life Phase, including a plan for adaptable reuse and deconstruction

how the Living House complies

The Living House is currently exploring how we will achieve this in terms of which waste contractor we will use to help us. 

We currently intend on using recycled timber for the roof and floor beams as well as recycled timber flooring for the floors and ceilings!

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