The Living Building Challenge
An Interview with Jason F. McLennan
By Paul Kilpatrick
We’re seeing the rise of these buildings that will never have an energy bill, that will never have a water bill, that are built with non-toxic materials, that are adapted perfectly to the site that they’re on and the climate that’s there. And really provide a model for the future of the built environment and so I think that’s a program that we’re championing that really resonates with a lot of people that understand that the way we’ve been building our homes, our offices, and our cities are leaving us in a precarious place on a planetary scale. And that we do have the knowledge, we do have the technologies, to fundamentally alter that impact and produce buildings that are not dead; that are not net drains on our environment but in fact help restore; that are living. That’s what we’re promoting and man, we’re seeing incredible interest. I think it’s the right idea at the right time.