Living Future Project Accelerator

We're encouraging more innovation after helping Arch Nexus prepare to become California's first Living Building. 

Lobby of Arch Nexus building with plants on the wall

By implementing strategies like on-site renewable energy, and water harvesting and treatment, Living Buildings, like a flower, give more than they take. The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) administers certification for the Living Building Challenge and Zero Energy Buildings.

SMUD helps commercial and residential customers through the process of becoming Living Building Challenge or Zero Energy certified, providing technical and financial assistance along the way.

Our educational classes and building tours are complete but you can still learn more about future-oriented building design and Living Buildings.Living Future Building Blocks, customized for specific building types in SMUD’s service territory, are posted below.


How to implement Living Future concepts and achieve certification depends on the type of building.  Below are interactive PDFs with information about the technologies that can support Living Future certification in our climate zone.

PDFs are best viewed using Adobe Acrobat on a desktop computer

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Patricia Karapinar
Director of Sustainability, Arch Nexus

Kathleen Ave
Climate Program Manager, SMUD