A Pathway to Overcome Social, Regulatory and Financial Barriers to Achieving Living Building Challenge Certification in Affordable Housing

The affordable housing development community is uniquely situated to benefit from the philosophy and application of the Living Building Challenge in order to effectively accomplish its mission and goals. Living Buildings are designed to maximize the positive social and environmental potential of the built environment and serve as focal points for inspiration and education in their local communities. They are comprised entirely of healthy, low-impact building materials, harvest all their energy and water on-site, and place equity and social justice at the forefront of their design goals. As the world’s most advanced and rigorous green building certification program, the Living Building Challenge can enhance the positive impact of affordable housing while mitigating the persistent inequalities often present in low-income communities.

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