How One Company Is Solving Many Pieces of the LEED v4 and Living Building Puzzle

Whereas an earlier generation of sustainable architecture advocated sensitizing entire buildings to natural phenomena like solar exposure and prevailing wind patterns, more recently the movement has focused on the details. Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations and Declare labeling initiatives, in particular, ensure that a building’s many pieces embody the ethics of the whole puzzle. LEED v4 is poised to home in on componentry even more, as this version of the popular certification emphasizes transparency of building products’ environmental and health impacts as well as responsible sourcing of raw materials. To understand how this trend will play out for architects and product manufacturers in an age of LEED v4, look to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The organization is a longtime proponent of sustainable design, and it enthusiastically embraces cutting-edge practice as it appears. Its now-15-year-old Annapolis headquarters, the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, was the first building to earn LEED Platinum. And its latest project, the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is one of the first buildings designed to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge. EcoFlex Mortise Lock As befits a Living Building, the Brock facility achieves net zero by way of a ...
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