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Lydia Singh
Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 12:56 p.m. Reply

Sure, the Living Building Challenge is the world's most progressive and stringent green building program. It places emphasis on regenerative designs, LEED contains certain aspects of green building, with healthy materials, carbon footrprint being similar, however, LBC also places focus on Biophilic designs (connecting the dwellers with nature through various ways) and also in ensuring full resiliency for climate change and the negative impacts (just to name a few). So is it possible that one can work with EcoHome to create these Living Building homes.

Lydia Singh
Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 12:59 p.m. Reply

Currently located in the Caribbean but looking at moving to Ontario very soon and the options I have to build small cottage roughly 2.5 hrs from Toronto. Cost is a huge factor so it'll be great if I can undersand what's the estimated cost per square foot of a passive, LEED home at the moment. Cottage square footage will be around 860 ft2.

Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds Jan. 9, 2020, 1:34 p.m. Reply

We have worked on design teams for Passive house projects, as well as having built several LEED Platinum demonstration homes, but we have yet to take the Living Building Challenge. We would be quite happy to work with you to meet those objectives, that would be a great feature to add to the featured homes on our website. 

You have clearly done your LBC homework, so that makes me wonder - do you already have the land on which you can build? The LBC requirements are so stringent that even selecting a suitable building lot is tricky, I'm just curious how far you have gone into the process. We do have many resources on our site what will be helpful, so check through our building guide pages for more on Energy-efficient design, material selection, indoor air quality etc as a start (using either the building guide menu or the search box), and let us know what holes need to be filled in.