Living Building Challenge™
"Omega Institute, a pioneering adopter of the Living Building Challenge™, is helping to change the way we design, build, and operate buildings by creating the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Through its leadership, Omega is providing us with hope and guidance for a sustainable future."
—Jason F. McLennan, founder of the Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge™ asks, "What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?" Drawing on the most progressive thinking from the worlds of architecture, engineering, planning, landscape design, and policy, it is a call to action in seven key performance areas of sustainable architecture: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty.
A program of the International Living Future Institue, the Living Building Challenge™ is not a contest or a point system. It is a set of stringent prerequisites that include generating all energy with renewable resources; capturing and treating all water used in the building; and using building materials void of hazardous chemicals. Projects can be certified as Living Buildings if they prove to meet all of the program requirements after 12 months of continued operations and full occupancy. The OCSL is one of the first projects to participate in the Living Building Challenge™ and has been named as one of the first Living Buildings in the world.