Living Building contest heads north to Alaska

A new competition is asking for a Living Building design that can survive in the harsh environment of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

A new competition is asking for a Living Building design that can survive in the harsh environment of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

Cascadia Green Building Council announced Tuesday that 185 teams have signed up for a design competition to design and build an affordable home on an Alaskan island that will meet the ultra-green Living Building Challenge criteria.

The Living Aleutian Home Design Competition caught the eye of teams from Hong Kong to Sarajevo that have signed up for the chance to design a home for Jimmy Prokopeuff, a 32-year-old Aleut man living on the island of Atka.

The home design that's selected will become a prototype for sustainable affordable housing to be used by the Aleutian Housing Authority.

"The Living Building Challenge deals with far more than energy, of course, but that’s the big driver in rural Alaska," said Mark Masteller, Alaska director for Cascadia, in a press release.

The winning design team will receive a cash award of $35,000. A second prize of $15,000 will also be awarded.

The teams are required to design a three-bedroom home that adheres to the guidelines established by the Living Building Challenge 2.0 standard. Among other things, Living Buildings must be highly efficient, make use of green and regional materials, produce its own energy and harvest rain water.

Portland-based Cascadia Green Building Council is part of the International Living Future Institute which administers the Living Building Challenge. In October, the institute announced the launch of a Net Zero Energy Building Certification program.

The winners of the design competition will be announced in May.


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