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what is the living building challenge?

The philosophy of LBC is based on the metaphor of the seven ‘petals’; site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty. Like a flower it’s rooted in place and lives on the resources it has at hand. Read more here…


Desert Rain Logo what is desert rain?

Desert Rain is a home being constructed
in Bend, Oregon to satisfy the rigorous international Living Building Challenge. Read more here…


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what is the criteria
for each petal?

HOVER your mouse over the words for a brief LBC definition. CLICK a word for more detail.



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[twocol_one]…the home design.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…the difference between LEED, LEED Platinum, and the LBC.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…the desert rain story.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…what materials are on the LBC ‘red list’.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…press coverage.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…what resources are out there for my project.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…how you fulfill each petal.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…examples of affordable green materials.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…the design team.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…if there are health concerns with green homes being air tight.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…the build team.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…how you chose the Desert Rain site.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…the contractors.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…what made you decide to take on this challenge.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…components and systems.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…about some obstacles you’ve overcome along the way.[/twocol_one_last]

[twocol_one]…your suppliers.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]…why spray foam is considered a green material.[/twocol_one_last]