Over the last two decades, thousands of building owners and professionals have been incorporating and increasing number of vegetative technologies on building envelops and within the interiors of new and existing structures. Voluntary standards such as the USGBC’s LEED programs and more recently Sustainable Sites, combined with a variety of local government public policies have supported the growth of these ‘living architecture‘ technologies.
Living architecture is a subset of green infrastructure that may be defined by the integration of inorganic, non-living structures with organic, living structures for superior ecological, social and economic performance. Living architecture currently includes well known technologies such as green (vegetative) roofing systems, green facades, living walls, and living machines. There are multiple performance benefits provided by living architecture technologies which cut across social, economic and ecosystem domains. The complexity of their performance benefits is both a strength, and a weakness.
This lack of a comprehensive framework of clear performance benefit metrics for Living Architecture threatens their long term application to green buildings and sustainable sites thereby jeopardizing the many benefits they provide building owners and the broader community.
The focus of the LAPT is to develop consensus-based performance criteria and metrics for all major types of living architecture, beginning initially with green roofs and green facades, and then in later phases incorporating other technologies which integrate living and non-living building systems.
For more information about this program please contact:
Steven W. Peck, Board Member, (416) 971 4494 ext. 233 and view their website here.