Understanding the Living Building Challenge (6.0 AIA & GBCI CE hours)

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies, Wieboldt Hall - Room 408, 339 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Registration for this workshop is taken online only at http://cascadiagbc.org/events/2011/september/understanding-the-living-building-challenge-workshop-chicago/.
Understanding the Living Building Challenge is a six-hour workshop that serves as an in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge, and is composed of three major parts: philosophy; Petal rationale; and supporting information and tools. Attendees are the green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge
  • Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
  • Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area (Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity, and Beauty)
  • Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design
  • Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process

Workshop Agenda:

The Philosophy of the Living Building Challenge
Petal rationale: Site


Petal rationale: Water, Energy, Health
Small Group Discussion

Lunch + Case Studies

Petal rationale: Materials, Equity, Beauty
Small Group Discussion

Breaking down Barriers
Community + Tools
Full Group Discussion

Continuing Education:
The workshop is approved for 6 AIA Learning Units (LU) and 6 LEED Continuing Education (CE) hours. Each individual attendee must document the desire to report these earnings on the sign-in sheet on the day of the presentation. Subsequent requests are not accepted by the AIA. ILBI staff will process the AIA LUs. LEED CEs are self-reported by attendees via the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) at www.gcbi.org under ‘Credential Maintenance’. ILBI cannot provide individual assistance with reporting LEED CEs.

Workshop Faculty: Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda is a licensed architect with fifteen years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining ILFI she was a Senior Associate at Perkins+Will where she co-directed the Sustainable Design Initiative across 20 offices worldwide and managed numerous sustainable projects. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and a recent board member of AIA Seattle. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008 and has been involved in leading many local committees for USGBC and AIA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda was born in England, grew up in Australia and has lived in the United States since 1996.

  • Living Building Community Members: $195 (Early Registration); $215 (Regular Registration)
  • Chapter Members/Partner Members**: $245 (Early Registration); $275 (Regular Registration)
  • Non-Member General Registration: $295 (Early Registration); $345 (Regular Registration)
  • **USGBC Members: Choose Partner Member Registration at checkout. Your membership in your local Chapter or professional association is confirmed with that organization prior to the event. If your membership has lapsed, you will be responsible for the difference in price on the day of the event.

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