Living Our Values
When we embarked on the Arch Nexus SAC Living Building project, one of our many goals was to harvest regenerative design philosophy and knowledge from California and bring it to the Intermountain West. We have been able to do that through working with Community Rebuilds, an outstanding affordable housing group in Moab, Utah, to build four incredible homes that are now in the performance period for Living Building Certification.
We are pleased to announce that we are ready to realize our goal in the Utah commercial realm–Arch Nexus SLC, our 30,000 square foot headquarters in Salt Lake City is pursuing Living Building Challenge 4.0 certification! Please wish us luck as we take this meaningful journey for a second time.
The notion that we are somehow separate from from nature is forever banished from your thought… we both can live in the same space.
– Dr. M. Sanjayan
The Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.
The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.
For more information on the Living Building Challenge please go to living-future.org/lbc
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
For more information about LEED please go to www.usgbc.org/leed