Conference Recordings

Learning From A Living Building

Facing (Un)foreseen Challenges
Published October 4, 2021
Presented by Shan Arora, Georgia Institute of Technology | Joshua Gassman, Lord Aeck Sargent | John Starr, Lord Aeck Sargent
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Georgia Institute of Technology

At a time when institutions must change the status quo in their approach to addressing the climate crisis through the campus built environment, the Kendeda Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology shows us that successful change is possible. The Kendeda Building, a deep green LEED Platinum Living Building, offers many lessons learned and best practices regarding net-positive water, energy, and waste that you can use to fight climate change and COVID-19 on your campus. Come learn how to overcome design and operational challenges—both expected and unexpected—of high-performance buildings to create a healthier and safer campus environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify opportunities within the Living Building Challenge framework to guide and shape how users interact with the built environment and foster a healthier relationship with the natural world.
  2. Apply Living Building Challenge measurement tools to evaluate post occupancy performance and gauge a building's impact on occupant wellbeing and the natural environment.
  3. Compare available strategies for making campus buildings as efficient, healthy, and environmentally friendly as possible while also considering programming and scope.
  4. Discuss how the Living Building Challenge requirements affect post-occupancy needs and data and develop solutions for providing safe, healthy, and functional alternatives to conventional practice.


Shan Arora, Georgia Institute of Technology
Joshua Gassman, Sustainable Design Director, Lord Aeck Sargent
John Starr, Principal, Lord Aeck Sargent

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU/HSW 1.0 Unit (SCUPS21C1425OD) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit
On-demand CEUs are available for this session. To claim your CEUs, please log in to the SCUP Events Portal to take a brief quiz and download your CEU certificate. Further instructions are outlined in this PDF.

Delivered 10/4/21.

Member Price: $35 USD | Non-member Price: $50 USD
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