International Living Future Institute

The Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing [On Demand]

Affordable housing projects are uniquely situated to benefit from the application of the Living Building Challenge. A report by the International Living Future Institute, developed through partnership with leading affordable housing developers and practitioners, explores social, regulatory, and financial barriers to achieving the Challenge in affordable housing with an emphasis on the three most challenging Petals (Net Positive Water, Net Positive Energy and Materials). Innovative ideas and actionable strategies for addressing these barriers, as well as pathways to certification in a range of climates are presented. This webinar takes an in-depth look at findings of the report and includes stories and lessons learned from affordable housing projects in North America.


1. Understand how the philosophy and goals of the Living Building Challenge align with the mission and goals of affordable housing, especially in terms of equity, health, community, and resiliency.
2. Understand how meeting the requirements can benefit affordable housing residents.
3. Identify key environmental, health, and equity issues critical to affordable housing.
4. Learn how current projects are applying the Living Building Challenge philosophy to create positive change for residents and the larger community.

This course is eligible for 1 AIA, GBCI, and LFA CEU.

Note that this course is also available as part of the Learning Path "Living Affordable Housing: 5-Part Series".