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Can the #Living #Building #Challenge Scale Up?

Make more exceptions based on development density and building typology. LBC’s rules are easier for greenfield projects, which are allowed to have fairly conventional septic systems; why not throw a bone to cities? Urban projects shouldn’t get knocked out of the running because of their density: that incentivizes all the wrong things. Perhaps buildings that can’t possibly achieve net-zero (now net-positive in LBC 3.0) energy on their own sites should be allowed to purchase RECs or participate in community solar projects. This is a market-ready kind of scale jumping, facilitated by respected organizations. Similarly, very strict requirements for daylighting, views, and operable windows aren’t going to be achievable for most infill projects and existing buildings in cities. Shouldn’t we find a way to accept tradeoffs in cases like these? LBC already has a structure for excep...

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