Living Building Challenge Petals

Living Building Challenge Summary

The above scheme shows the different areas that the Living Building Challenge tackles. They are divided into seven “Petals”:

  1. Site
  2. Water
  3. Energy
  4. Health
  5. Materials
  6. Equity
  7. Beauty

Each petal is subdivided into different categories or “Imperatives”. In total there are 20 imperatives that cover different fields within each Petal. The different imperatives can be applied to different typologies of built-up environments such as Buildings, Infrastructure, Landscape or Community Development. Those typologies will normally vary by the number of occupants, use, construction type, and location; however the fundamental characteristics will remain the same.


About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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