The Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) has released a draft of the first version of the Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) for public comment.
The LAPT is a program designed to set performance criteria and metrics for living architecture (green roofs, green walls, etc.) and foster best practices for the industry. The LAPT will be a voluntary standard and rating system, serving a diverse audience, including policy makers, water and energy utilities, designers, property owners, manufacturers, and researchers.
Over the last two decades, thousands of building owners and professionals have been incorporating and increasing number of vegetative technologies on building envelops and within the interiors of new and existing structures. Public policies like incentive programs, along with voluntary standards like the USGBC’s LEED program, have supported the growth of these living architecture technologies.
Living architecture is a subset of green infrastructure that may be defined by the integration of inorganic, non-living structures with organic, living structures for superior ecological, social and economic performance. Living architecture includes technologies like green (vegetative) roofing systems, green facades, and living walls. There are multiple performance benefits provided by living architecture technologies which cut across social, economic and ecosystem domains.
By setting a reference standard for living architecture in other rating systems, and by obtaining the support of regulators and policy-makers, the LAPT will:
- Articulate the benefits of living architecture
- Help guide research, policy and funding decisions
- Encourage continuous improvement through testing and feedback
- Align with other building rating systems like LEED and Sustainable Sites
- Recognize and reward high quality products and services
- Raise the bar for the entire industry
The Green Infrastructure Foundation is invites any and all comments on the current draft framework. The document can be downloaded online.
Please submit any and all comments to Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15th, 2017.