Education Space Designed to Living Building Challenge Standards

The design and construction team for The Kendeda Building has set an ambitious goal of becoming the largest Living Building Challenge 3.1 certified facility in the Southeast United States.

Kendeda BuildingThe Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is an educational building on the grounds of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The new facility opened Fall 2019 and features 47,000 square feet of programmable space including nearly 37,000 square feet that is enclosed and conditioned space.

Currently, the building is expected to achieve Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification in 2021. Attaining this certification requires building components—including door openings—that are backed by transparency documentation that lists material ingredients used in the product.

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a rigorous and transformative green building certification program which strives for netzero or net-positive energy, water, and waste. The LBC standard consists of seven performance categories, or “Petals,” which are subdivided into a total of twenty mandatory imperatives.

ASSA ABLOY works directly with consumers to meet LBC standards, providing clear and concise documentation illustrating the contributions offered by various products. Many products from ASSA ABLOY Group brands have attained transparency documentation, including Health Product Declarations, Environmental Product Declarations, and Declare labels that determine where a product came from, how it was made, and the materials/ingredients used in its construction.

This inventory of ASSA ABLOY products with transparency documentation enabled the design and construction team to use the building’s door openings as a sustainability asset­–one of many requirements that are helping to meet Living Building Challenge certification standards. ASSA ABLOY Group brand products installed throughout the building include astragals, edge guards, bolts, closers, coordinators, electronic accessories, electronic controls, exit devices, gasketing, hinges, kick plates, locksets, power supplies, pulls, silencers, stops, sweeps and thresholds.