Global GreenTag releases new Living Building Challenge product standard
Global GreenTag Pty Ltd today released its latest draft standard
for public comment, the Living Building Challenge (LBC)
This standard has been developed with input from an Eminent
Expert Panel to support the growth of the Living Building Challenge
in Australia and increase the ease with which green building
professionals and builders can choose products knowing they exceed
compliance with the LBC 'Red List'.
The LBC program was developed by the International Living Future
Institute (ILFI) in the US and its founder Jason McLennan. Mr
McLennan toured several capital cities in July 2012 and with a
passionate founding committee and in partnership with the
International ILFI, established the Living Future Institute
Australia (LFIA). This visionary hub for restorative programs and
actions within Australia is now focusing on providing training,
support and innovative programs to Australian professionals.
The LBC program seeks to ensure buildings operate as cleanly,
beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To achieve
certification, a project must meet 20 rigorous Imperatives
(including net-zero energy, waste and water) over a minimum of 12
months of continuous occupancy. There are 140
registered projects globally and the first four local projects in
Australia include the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the
University of Wollongong, a sustainable training centre at
Illawarra TAFE's Yallah Campus and the Global Change Institute at
the University of Queensland.
The expert panel consisted of Suzette Jackson (Innate Ecology
& LFIA Director), Chris Nunn (NDY), Andy Marlow (Cox
Richardson), Kathy Madden (Pidcock Architects), Kristie Martin
(Viridus E3) and Global GreenTag Program Director David Baggs.
According to David Baggs "The Living Building Challenge GreenTag
Standard is another important step that GreenTag has taken to
support the leading edge of the green building sector and the
professionals leading the charge by simplifying the increasingly
complex decision making processes around green products". "By
creating a specific standard for LBC (as we did with Green Star®)
we have developed another tool specific certification mark that
makes product selection on green criteria, a black and white
process. It also makes it easy for manufacturers to communicate the
benefits of their products with ultimate clarity," he said.
The Global GreenTag LBC Standard is available on the
globalgreentag.com website at
and comments can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
until 8th March 2012.
Contact: David Baggs
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