Georgia's First Living Building

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced on Earth Day 2021 that The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design earned Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The certification from the International Living Future Institute independently verifies that The Kendeda Building is among the greenest in the world. Rather than being less bad than conventional buildings, The Kendeda Building proved over a 12-month performance period that it is regenerative. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants.

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Amy Stone of Lord Aeck Sargent underneath her design. Image: Amy Stone.

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Inside Georgia's First Living Building

Micro-Grants for Regenerative Built Environments

This pilot program will provide micro research grants ($50 to $500) to eligible participants to conduct limited, but novel, research experiments, design exercises, crafting of models or prototypes, or development and analysis of datasets. Research relevant to the topic of regenerative built environments is required. Image: Gregg Willett.

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The New Normal: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19
The New Normal: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19

This documentary features observations made by students, staff, faculty, and building professionals regarding COVID-19, the built environment, and how lessons learned from The Kendeda Building can inform what “the new normal” looks like once we emerge from this crisis. This film is dedicated to Nirmala Patel, Rasik Sheth, and all those we've lost to this pandemic.


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Urban Agriculture at Georgia Tech: Kendeda Building Fall Planting

Urban agriculture gives us an opportunity to connect to our food. At the Kendeda Building, we have three plantings and harvesting a year with the help of student volunteers.

Artwork Inspired by Science
Artwork Inspired by Science

Georgia Tech biomedical engineering major Emily Madsen is part of a club called Science. Art. Wonder. Using scrap accoya wood from The Kendeda Building as a canvas, Emily created a painting that exemplifies Place, Materials, and Beauty.