ILFI and EmiratesGBC will also raise awareness around the ZE and ZC certificates among industry stakeholders, and the Council will act as the exclusive auditor of the two certifications in the UAE.
The MoU between EmiratesGBC and ILFI is said to be an important step for the Council, as it will align with efforts to transform the UAE's construction industry, and support advanced climate action by setting targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from new building portfolios by 2030.
ILFI is an environmental non-governmental organisation that works to make 'communities socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.' In 2006 the Institute established the Living Building Challenge, an advanced green building certification programme that aims to encourage the creation of regenerative and sustainable built environments.
Under the MOU, ILFI and EmiratesGBC will partner on the development of ILFI's Zero Energy (ZE) and Zero Carbon (ZC) Certifications that will be adapted for the UAE market and launched during the Living Future UnConference in 2019.
Currently, there is one main certification for zero energy; the ILFI
has had a program since 2011, and it was revamped in 2017 to create the Zero Energy Certification in partnership with the New Buildings Institute.
certifies NZE buildings as part of its "Energy Petal," one of seven performance areas of its sustainable building certification system, known as the Living Building Challenge.
The Living Aleutian contest drew 104 design entries from 21 countries around the world, according to April Knudsen, ILFI
's competition manager.
"Portland's been usurped in the ILFI
realm, and for me the term collaborative meant we needed to start reaching across and building bigger momentum.
In a rebranding effort to create a better market for zero energy buildings, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI
) will replace the Net Zero Energy program with the Zero Energy Building Certification.
Data were collected using the Individual Leadership Factors Inventory (ILFI
created the Living Building Challenge, which is a moon shot sort of idea - certainly it was when it was rolled out in 1996.
created the Living Building Challenge, which is a moon shot sort of idea certainly it was when it was rolled out in 1996.