The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design demonstrates Georgia Tech’s commitment to using the campus as a living, learning laboratory for hands-on educational and research opportunities. The project will be a model for the region and similar environments around the world.

As a leader in education and innovative research, Georgia Tech is uniquely positioned to design, build, and operate a Living Building Challenge certified project. Anticipated to be the first Living Building Challenge certified building of its kind in the Southeast, The Kendeda Building will showcase the Institute’s best-in-class knowhow by drawing upon a variety of expertise on campus including academics, research, operations, and students. By educating our students, faculty, staff, and other future thought leaders on these principles, we are creating the next generation of planners, designers, and builders - all capable of transforming the built environment in years to come.

Academic Pilot Programs

The Academic and Research Council is actively aligning the principles of the Living Building Challenge with the academic and research efforts inside and outside of the classroom to develop a more well-rounded curriculum that incorporates the holistic requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

Documenting the Effects of the Living Building on Biological Diversity and Succession

Professors Marc Weissburg and Emily Weigel from the School of Biological Sciences, along with Georgia Tech students, are studying the impact buildings and construction have on biodiversity in the ecosystem.

Imagining Living Building Monitoring Systems

The Living Building is like any living organism; it must use its resources wisely. Led by Dr. Michael Chang of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and Dr. Dana Hartley of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, this pilot… More »

Crowdsourcing through Virtual and Augmented Reality: A Pilot Project of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design has the intention of becoming a resource for and model of sustainable design for the Southeast. This necessitated feedback from the community even in the design phase. One way to collect… More »

Equipping The Kendeda Building Equity Champions

One of the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge, the fulfillment of the Equity Petal requires a demonstration that the building supports a just and equitable world. The Equity Petal defines this as “a society that embraces all sectors of… More »

Biologically Inspired Sustainable Building Design Challenges for Middle School Engineers: Expanding the Educational Reach of the Living Building at Georgia Tech

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design will have an impact far greater than the Georgia Tech community—it is meant to transform the entire Southeastern United States. One way to impact our region, and in particular our state, is… More »

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Operational Programs

On Georgia Tech's campus, several departments in Facilities Management are testing many of the operational, maintenance, and programming concepts proposed for The Kendeda Building. The intent is to utilize these pilot programs to help share a better understanding of what works (and what doesn’t) to achieve certification. The goal is to apply the most effective and efficient principles in environmental stewardship across Georgia Tech’s urban campus.


Getting Comfortable in The Kendeda Building | Thermal Comfort

What is something we only truly notice if we are uncomfortable?—our surrounding’s temperature! When we are comfortable the temperature rarely receives a second thought, but when we are cold or hot… More »

Plug Load Monitoring | Energy Use

Every element of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is being subject to careful scrutiny—water, waste, landscaping, and more. One area of great attention is the energy use of… More »

Audio Visual Services

In addition to meeting the design and construction requirements of a Living Building Challenge certified project, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design must be a fully functional… More »

Green Cleaning | Georgia Tech and The Living Building

Georgia Tech is no stranger to being a leader. From academics to research, making strides and raising the standard is something that Georgia Tech does—we create the next. An area where Georgia… More »

Landscaping | Test Plots

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design will be surrounded by an impressive amount of green space (40,237 square feet) - fitting for a Living Building. Every element of The… More »

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