A social media campaign to spark conversations around equity in the built environment.

Equity Drafting Table

An interactive installation that posed the question: “What will it take to make communities inclusive and robust for all?”

Affordable Housing Pilot Projects

The Institute is working with 8 affordable housing projects to help them achieve the Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing.

Equity Drafting Table

We hosted a new interactive installation called the Equity Drafting Table during the Seattle Design Festival last fall.

Neighbors from across the city, including partners from Sustainable Seattle, Feet First, Seattle Architecture Foundation and King County, and community members from across Seattle joined to network and have an important discussion about equitable growth.


#OurLivingFuture is a social media initiative launched in 2015 to spark conversation on the inextricable links between social and environmental sustainability. We used the hashtag to pose questions to attendees at our conferences and also on social media. Questions included: “Our Living Future is ___” and “What is our living future?”

Affordable Housing Pilot Projects

The Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project pilot program launched on August 1, 2015 and will run through December 31, 2016. Through this program we hope to inspire regular use of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing, learn from aspiring project’s best practices, act as a hub to share lessons learned and support committed leaders in the field. The Institute looks forward to working alongside the teams on the path to exploring how affordable housing projects can be the most sustainable and healthy buildings in the world.

During the next year and a half, teams will receive Living Building Challenge education, membership benefits, a charrette, design development and construction documentation review. All support will be given on a rolling timeline, dependent on when the project intends to break ground.

The pilot projects range from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) to Multi-Family and Mixed-Use. The teams represent a community of professionals who are leading the affordable housing market in creating healthy, resilient, and restorative places for all by putting people and our planet first.

Deanwood Neighborhood Development
Washington, DC
Washington, DC Department of Housing and Community Development & District Department of Environment

RurAL CAP Housing – Muldoon
Anchorage, AK
McCool Carlson Green

Liberty Lane Apartments
Redlands, CA
A Community of Friends

HopeWorks Station, Phase II
Everett, WA
HopeWorks Social Enterprises & Housing Hope

Orchard Gardens
Sunnyvale, CA
First Community Housing

Coliseum Place
Oakland, CA
David Baker Architects, Resources for Community Development and the Association for Energy Affordability

Lawson House YMCA Renovation
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates & Holsten Development