Living Building Challenge Presentation

  • September 19, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • University of Cincinnati, McMicken 43

Organization: UC Sustainability

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions. This certification program covers all building at all scales and is a unified tool for transformative design, allowing us to envision a future that is Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Restorative. Whether a project is a single building, a park, a college campus or even a complete neighborhood community, the Living Building Challenge provides a framework for the design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

The latest LBC version 4.0 focuses on the relationship between impact and effort. While LBC 4.0 continues the standard’s mission of visionary, but attainable building goals, it also recognizes that not all projects face the same challenges or share in the same opportunities. Regenerative design should be attainable to everyone, everywhere. With 4.0, we are creating a streamlined approach focused on maximizing positive impacts specific to the place, community, and culture of the project.

Learning objectives for this presentation:

1. Understand the basic philosophy of the Living Building Challenge

2. Describe the key components of the program

3. Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles

4. Identify and locate the resources provided by the International Living Future Institute for deeper engagement

Join the Living Future Cincinnati Collaborative in discussing the latest version of this rigorous building standard. See descriptions of each of the members below.

Jessica Dangelo

Jessica is a Project Coordinator at M+A Architects located in Over-the-Rhine, and is actively pursuing her architecture license. Before starting work in the professional realm, she achieved both Bachelor of Science (2015) and Master degrees (2018) in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. A longtime advocate for sustainable design, she is an Ambassador and Collaborative member to the International Living Future Institute, an organization that runs the most stringent certification program for the built environment, the Living Building Challenge.

David P. Whittaker

David is a licensed Landscape Architect (Ohio), LEED AP, and is Living Future Accredited. He is currently the Design Manager and Associate Principal at Human Nature, a Cincinnati-based landscape architecture firm specializing in the design of parks, open space systems, green infrastructure, sustainable design, and urban design. In addition to having over 20 years professional experience as a Landscape Architect, he was an Adjunct Professor for three years

at the University of Cincinnati where he taught a Sustainable Landscape Design class in the Horticulture Department. He is also an Ambassador and Facilitator for the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous measure of sustainability in the built environment, and he established Cincinnati’s first Collaborative in 2013. David graduated with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape

Architecture from the University of Kentucky.

Doug Studer

With a certification from Biomimicry 3.8 and Arizona State University, Doug finds answers for business and design challenges through the practice of biomimicry, looking to nature as inspiration, mentor and classroom. Combining that passion for Nature with 40 years of experience, many as CEO and President of Deskey, he hopes to leave a legacy of positive impact on the environmental conditions of the world, through both his work and his life.

Yasha Ogg

Using industry research from the WELL Building Standard, Fitwel Building Standard, Living Building Challenge, and LEED; Yasha strives to create healthier and more productive environments for building occupants through the design of sustainable human-centric spaces. With a background in higher education projects, laboratory facilities, healthcare and medical office building facilities, and multi-family housing, Yasha understands that the well-being of employees directly impacts the bottom line of businesses. As such, he enjoys working directly with end users to understand their needs to make their businesses successful and productive.


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