Administered by the International Living Future Institute ™ (ILFI), the LBC is widely accepted to be the most stringent environmental building design certification tool in the world.
The LBC aims to transform how we think about every single act of design and construction to positively impact the greater community of life and the cultural fabric of our human communities. In this sense it is very different from the average building certification program – it is a philosophy first, an advocacy tool second, and a certification program third.
The focus of the LBC is on humanity’s largest creations – it's buildings. It is, in essence, a unified tool for transformative thought, allowing us to envision a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Regardless of the size or location of the project, the LBC provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the community.
It is our goal that as Camp Glenorchy and Glenorchy Marketplace unfold, all those contributing to it will continually ask the question:
The LBC asks us to imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower. Like a flower, a building is rooted in place. A flower must generate its own fuel, collect its own water, support its local ecosystem and community (via pollination), become food for the local ecosystem at the end of its life, and ultimately, of course, a flower is beautiful.
The LBC is comprised of seven performance categories, or “Petals”: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. These Petals are sub-divided into a total of 20 Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and in any location, be it a new building or an existing structure.
While Camp Glenorchy will aspire to all 20 imperatives, our immediate goal is to design, build and operate the site as a Net Zero Energy facility. The LBC requirements for Net Zero Energy Certification are defined as:
In addition to the energy requirements, three other LBC Imperatives must be achieved for Camp Glenorchy to achieve Net Zero Energy Certification:
Camp Glenorchy’s success in meeting the Zero Energy goal will be proven with twelve months of energy data from the site-wide monitoring system. The data will be provided to the ILFI for certification and will also be made available to the public on the project’s website.
Two other New Zealand projects have sought certification within the LBC and team members of both are now working on The Headwaters and Camp Glenorchy projects: