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How to Succeed with the Living Building Challenge: 12 Teams Share Tips

The bar is high—that’s obvious—but watch out for some surprising pitfalls. Here’s how dedicated teams have tackled Living Building challenges.

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You say “risk” and I say “hazard,” but we can’t call the whole thing off. So the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group is set to begin its work.

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New statements on resilience and healthy materials expand the AIA’s environmental advocacy.

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Material Health Tools Harmonize

Manufacturers should get more consistent signals as Cradle to Cradle, GreenScreen, Pharos, and other tools align, while staking out niches.

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Greenwash Getting Easier to Spot, But Still Confusing

A survey shows consumers generally find value in third-party product certifications but can be confused by less credible claims if not provided enough context.

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Schools that have signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment have had some success but still need to cut emissions in half by 2031

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The industry-wide EPD for concrete shows impacts by U.S. region and meets LEED v4 requirements for a new material credit.

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Water Scarcity Means Higher ROI for Water Retrofits

Market pricing doesn't predict when water will become scarce. A new tool calculates realistic payback scenarios for efficiency projects based on local conditions.

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IgCC Opens Compliance Pathway Based on Actual Energy Use

An outcome-based approach assures that buildings actually achieve energy targets and relieves technical pressures on code departments.

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Product News & Reviews

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers Finally Reach U.S.

Whirlpool’s ventless hybrid heat pump dryer technology promises substantial energy savings along with increased capacity and fast drying times.

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ECOS Challenges Paint Industry to Disclose Ingredients

ECOS Paints ignored “trade secret” complaints made by other manufacturers and now makes the first paints designated Red List Free for the Living Building Challenge.

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Net-Positive, Regenerative Design, and Other Ways Buildings Can Do Good

Instead of making a big fat net-zero your goal, regenerative design encourages whole-systems thinking and projects that actually add benefit to the environment.

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