The Living Building Challenge: An Overview on Philosophy, Program, and Components


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Sonoma Clean Power Advanced Energy Center
741 4th St., Santa Rosa, CA

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The AIARE COTE Committee presents a Lunch + Learn Course:

The Living Building Challenge: An Overview on Philosophy, Program, and Components

1 LU|HSW Hybrid Event (in-person + virtual) AIA CES Course Approved

In-person – AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied Member, Student: $16 (box lunch included) | Non-Member: $20

Virtual –AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied Member, Student: FREE | Non-Member: $10

Course Summary:

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? The Living Building Challenge™ is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People from around the world use our regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take. This course provides an overview of the LBC philosophy, program, and components. This course is for anyone interested in green and sustainable building and those wanting to learn more about the Living Building Challenge program. Additionally, Associate AIA local chapter member Kristin Nichols will present her experience with the Living Future Accrediation and appllication of the LBC for a renovation as a case study.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the basic philosophy of the Living Building Challenge
2. Describe the key components of the program
3. Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
4. Identify and locate the resources provided by the International Living Future Institute for deeper engagement


Jessie Buckmaster | LFA, LEED AP BD+C

Jessie Buckmaster is Sustainability Manager at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company with over 10 years of experience in commercial construction and green building across California. She provides sustainability expertise and consultation for Hathaway Dinwiddie’s projects from preconstruction through certification. Jessie has worked on numerous LEED projects, and recently completed a project pursuing Living Building Challenge certification.  Her specialty is in evaluating healthy and low embodied carbon building materials and is an advocate for environmental justice. She loves providing training and sustainability education. She is an ILFI Ambassador and a USGBC LA board member.

Kristin Nichols, Assoc. AIA, LFA

Kristin is a CAD Technician for MAD Architecture with three years of experience in architecture. Kristin is passionate about sustainable and regenerative design. Before she came to the United States, she was a project engineer for Waste-to-Energy facilities and District Heating networks in Switzerland. Kristin graduated with dual master’s degrees in business administration and mechanical engineering. She is Living Future accredited and part of her preparation for her licensing as an architect is designing the renovation of her own home according to the Living Building Challenge.


Bookings are closed for this event.