Andrew Eckert

COTE The Living Building Challenge (LBC) Process and Design

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
KCAD, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building 17 Fountain Street, Room 217 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Committee on the Environment [COTE] Event – The Living Building Challenge (LBC) Process and Design
Burh Becc at Beacon Springs

Presented by Keith Winn, Catalyst Partners, and Michael Klement, Architectural Resource

Event Description

AIA Grand Rapids COTE is hosting a presentation on the first living building built project in Michigan. Practicing architects, students, engineers, builders, developers, and any other interested professionals are welcome to join and learn more about this exciting project.

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided during event.

6-6:30 Meet and Greet
6:30-7:30 Presentation
7:30-8 Wrap-up and Questions

Project Description

5+ years ago, the project owners purchased 15 acres of exhausted farmland located one mile outside Ann Arbor city limits with the intention of building a small cottage and raising vegetables, fruits, and nuts for distribution to the local community. Central to this vision was also providing, at no charge, healthy food to local neighborhoods with limited access to fresh produce and low-income households. Our architect for the cottage (Michael Klement, Architectural Resource) recommended we consider pursuing living building certification. The more we looked into it and through further conversation with our architect concerning LBC, we were inspired to pursue full living building certification as the first step into our plans to establish a permaculture farm.