The International Living Building Institute Announces the Spanish Translation of the Living Building Challenge (Desafio del Edificio Vivo) Print
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:40

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The International Living Building Institute’s partners at Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana S.C. have set the foundation for Living Buildings, Sites and Communities in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries with a Spanish translation of the Living Building Challenge.

The International Living Building Institute (www.ilbi.org) today released the first translation of the Living Building ChallengeSM thanks to the work of faculty in the Universidad Iberoamericana, S.C.’s Department of Architecture (http://www.arquitectura.uia.mx/) and their industry partners in Mexico City. This Spanish language version is freely available online (www.ilbi.org/countries/mexico) and will help support the development of Living Buildings in Spanish-speaking regions.

In October 2009, the International Living Building Institute began talks with building industry leaders in Mexico City who wished to create a formal presence for the Living Building Challenge throughout the country. Since that time, momentum has grown to support the formation of the Living Building Institute of Mexico.

“With its extensive multidisciplinary experience, the Department of Architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana put together a core team with faculty members to carry out an unprecedented, transparent facilitated charrette to discuss how to form a Mexican Living Building Institute,” comments Department Director, Carolyn Aguilar Dubose, who was instrumental in the translation work and is a key leader in the efforts to formalize the Living Building Institute of Mexico. She noted that the Living Building Institute of Mexico will “support the evaluation of designs, construction and the life-long maintenance of Living Building Challenge projects… The charrette revealed that NGOs, government officials, educators and a diverse array of professionals believe in the Living Building Challenge’s capacity to become local and are committed to its emphasis not only on efficiency, but also on health and beauty.”

Since its launch in 2006, the Living Building Challenge has gained momentum around the world and achieved recognition as the world’s most rigorous green building performance standard. More than 70 projects are currently registered in France, Canada, Australia and the United States. International organizational partnerships are active in Ireland and Canada, with discussions also underway in Australia and a few other countries. In addition, volunteer Ambassadors are working in at least fourteen countries to motivate a global audience to implement restorative principles in design, construction and building operation, and to create local networks focused on regionally appropriate solutions.

“This standard is designed to be adapted to regional contexts and is a unifying tool, bringing people from many disciplines and cultures together for the first time under one green building standard. Around the globe, architects and developers are working with urban planners and landscape architects, environmentalists and social activists, as well as affordable housing advocates and preservationists to form a visionary pathway to a restorative future,” says Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Building Institute.

As a 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Maker, the International Living Building Institute is endeavoring to translate the Living Building Challenge into ten languages. These translations will provide the starting point for Living Building Challenge uptake in additional countries and cultures. The International Living Building Institute will collaborate with in-country experts to ensure that translated versions of the Challenge are culturally appropriate and regionally applicable.


About the International Living Building Institute
Founded in 2009 by the Cascadia Green Building Council, the International Living Building Institute is a non- governmental organization dedicated to the creation of Living Buildings, Sites and Communities in countries around the world. The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales and has quickly become the planet’s most advanced green building rating system. www.ilbi.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:46