The Living Building Challenge - The ultimate in sustainable architecture

December 23, 2014
Hosted by Shane Wolffe

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The Living Building Challenge is the ultimate standard to achieve with regard to sustainable architecture. The standard uses the simple analogy of a flower, "a building informed by its bio region's characteristics, that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and that operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.

In this episode guest Eric Corey Freed and Shane will discuss the standard, it's challenges and why it's objectives are essential towards building a more sustainable world.

Eric Corey Freed is Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a global hub for visionary programs, including the Living Building Challenge and Living Product Challenge.

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Shane Wolffe

Shane Wolffe

My name is Shane Wolffe and I work as a professional engineer with “Green Buildings” in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, a city with one of the harshest climates that people live in. I am LEED accredited, trained by the Passive House institute, a Certified Energy Auditor and a certified Thermographer. I’ve worked as a consultant, a technician and as a manager for a start-up modular home building company. I've worked in pretty much every building type there is. I've seen a lot of issues but I've also seen a lot of solutions. I know that we can do much better, and if we do, we can build a much more sustainable world.

I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from the best companies and minds involved with energy efficiency and green building. Unfortunately these companies often have difficulty gaining traction despite their value regarding the big picture. In other words, the green building industry has a marketing problem.

I firmly believe that this industry can reshape our economy and is necessary for the long term prosperity of humans and nature alike. The only way that this industry and movement is going to over-take the status quo is if regular folks understand how green building is of serious benefit to them, and they understand how to do it in an economical way. With this understanding I wrote my book and came up with the idea for my website. We will dive into this world so you can understand how you can help build a better one.

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Episode Directory

February 2015

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December 2014

  • 12/30/2014: The Living Building Challenge Part 2 - Solutions Listen Now
  • 12/23/2014: The Living Building Challenge - The ultimate in sustainable architecture Listen Now
  • 12/16/2014: How the Passive House standard helps build a better world Listen Now
  • 12/9/2014: The Economics of a Green Home Listen Now
  • 12/2/2014: How and why to Future Proof Your Home Listen Now


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