Typologies

Whether your project is a single building, a park, a college campus or even a complete neighborhood community, Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

There are four Typologies, and teams must identify the one that aligns with the project to determine which Imperatives apply. Some Typologies require fewer than twenty Imperatives because the conditions are either not applicable or may compromise other critical needs. However, teams are encouraged to integrate the optional Imperatives into their projects wherever possible. Refer to the Summary Matrix to view the list of Imperatives that are mandatory for each project type.

Renovation

This typology is for any project that does not form the substantial portion of a complete building reconstruction. Sample projects include single-floor tenant improvements, residential kitchen remodels or historic rehabilitations of a portion of a building.

Optional Imperatives: 02: Urban Agriculture, 04: Car Free Living, 06: Ecological Water Flow, 16: Human Scale + Humane Places, 17: Democracy + Social Justice


Infrastructure + Landscape

This typology is for any project that does not include a physical structure as part of its primary program, although open-air ‘park-like’ structures, restrooms, amphitheatres and the like do fall into this category. Projects may be as diverse as roads, bridges, plazas, sports facilities or trails.

Optional Imperatives: 02: Urban Agriculture, 04: Car Free Living, 08: Civilized Environment, 09: Healthy Air


Building

This typology is for any project that encompasses the construction of a roofed and walled structure created for permanent use – either new or existing.
 


Neighborhood

This typology is for any project that contains multiple buildings in a continuous campus, neighborhood, district or village. Sample projects include university, college or corporate campuses; residential streets; business or industrial districts; or small villages and towns.