Living Building Challenge

Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative

Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative ILFIThe Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative (Avl LBCC) is part of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The ILFI created the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to inspire and pull the market forward. LBC is the world’s most ambitious building-performance standard. International in its reach, the Living Building Challenge uses the metaphor of a flower deeply rooted in its place, providing the opportunity for each building to use local resources, history and culture to become self-sustaining. ILFI recently published the “LBC Affordable Housing Report.”

The Asheville Affordable Living Design Competition has been postponed, but will be revisited by the collaborative in the future. The LBCC is currently focusing its energy on creating a larger and more active collaborative. The intention is to reengage and reinvigorate the community with regular meetings and projects, such as creating a materials catalog and hosting workshops about LBC and other green-design principles, among other ideas.

Upcoming events

Regular meetings are currently on hiatus.


The Avl LBCC intends to be a resource for built environment professionals who want to understand Living Building Challenge concepts and process. We support Living Buildings by providing information and education to the public, builders, designers, and advocates for change. We are available to present on key concepts of the Living Building Challenge at your office or community meeting space.

Our goal as the Avl LBCC is to foster the area’s first LBC-certified construction within three to five years.

Calling all volunteers!

We are looking for building professionals, community leaders, and sustainability champions to join our collaborative as a volunteer to research barriers and opportunities of implementing a living building in Western North Carolina. As a volunteer, you choose which topic interests you:

  • Place
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Health + Happiness
  • Materials
  • Equity
  • Beauty

We expect the time commitment to be as little as a few hours or less per month and as much as an hour or two per week, depending on your capacity.

The objectives of the petal groups are to:

  1. study the requirements of the petal
  2. demonstrate understanding of how to implement the requirements
  3. identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for implementing the petal requirements in Asheville, Buncombe County, and potentially other regional counties
  4. meet with key stakeholders and officials to bridge gaps and barriers and/or to form partnerships for collaboration

Please check out the many LBC resources as preparation for getting involved in a petal group.

To join a group or get involved in other ways, email Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas or call Green Built Alliance’s office at 828-254-1995. You can also visit and like Avl LBCC’s Facebook page to follow updates.