Wouldn’t it be great to live, work, and play in a beautiful building that is also healthy for the occupants, environmentally regenerative, and simultaneously affordable for an owner to build and operate?
Nashville Living Future Collaborative (NLFC) is aspiring to show the local communities in Nashville and adjacent areas that this reality is within our reach. NLFC is inviting any local organization interested in exploring the Living Building Challenge (LBC) design to participate in the new Building Blocks Education Series 2020-2021 and submit a proposal for a candidate project. The selected real-world project(s) will receive pro bono design services through the schematic design phase.
As NLFC explained at the first kickoff meeting on February 17, 2020, the organization’s commitment to feature their project as an LBC model to the wider local community, flexibility for the duration of the design schedule (about 18 months), and advocacy for the Living Building construction practices are among the most important eligibility and selection criteria for the candidate project(s). Please feel free to download the full text of the Request for Proposals (RFP) that are due March 15, 2020 here or at the link below.
After the proposals are received by the due date of March 15, 2020, the Project and Owner will be selected and notified by April 20, 2020. The first charrette workshop analyzing the Place Petal of the selected project(s) will be scheduled for the week of June 15, 2020 and followed by other hands-on workshops every other month until August 2021. Please download the slide deck from the kickoff meeting for the full schedule and other helpful tips.
Members of the design and construction firms who support and endorse the principles and philosophy of the LBC are expected to participate in the charrette workshops together with the project owners in teams to explore the challenges of each petal and its imperatives. The teams will learn the impact of design decisions on other imperatives as well as project budget, program, and schedule. If anyone would like to learn more about LBC, please review our previous article Can our buildings be self-sufficient and regenerative?