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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Living Building Challenge

Welcome to the 2017 Asheville Affordable Living Design Competition

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The 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” which can be found here.

This website includes competition details to help entrants stay informed as we progress.

Hosted by the WNC Green Building Council, this competition will be held in 2017, with details, dates and deadlines to be determined. Stay tuned here for details as they are announced! For more information on participation in or sponsorship of the LBC Design Competition in the meantime, please contact us at 828-254-1995 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 Asheville Affordable Living Design Competition Brief

Our future is sustainable only if all people have opportunities to live in healthy and affordable homes. The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today.

In order to explore the intersection between the Living Building Challenge and Affordable Housing, the Asheville LBC Collaborative has created a design competition. The competition will be on a 2.46 acre site in downtown Asheville. The City of Asheville has graciously agreed to let us use their parking lots for this theoretical competition. Review Submission Guidelines for additional information.  Please note that this is a design competition not a Request For Proposal. 

The site of the competition is the block between Marjorie Street and Eagle Street, Asheville, NC. (Use address 1 – 49 Marjorie Street, Asheville, NC 28801 to locate the site.) Review Site Information for additional information. The site is a 2.46 acre collection of seven parcels in downtown Asheville presently serving as surface parking areas. The site is centrally located between Pack Square Park (in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse and the Asheville City Building) and “The Block”, the historic center of the local African American commercial district.


Download LBC Competition Submission Guidelines

Download LBC Site Information



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