The world's first Living Building Challenge certified commercial space, is here in NZ!

The world's first Living Building Challenge certified commercial space, is here in NZ!
Unispace and Arup have set the benchmark for future sustainable corporate environments by creating the WORLD'S FIRST Living Building Challenge certified fit out.

There are currently no other certified interior fit-outs projects in the world. This is an achievement that needs to be celebrated globally.

In order to achieve certification, the project had to undergo a set of stringent requirements which includes:

1. Carbon Impact: The Living Building Challenge requires projects to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, which means they must offset all carbon emissions associated with the construction and operation of the building. If every fit out were certified by the LBC, it would mean that all fit outs would be designed and operated to minimise carbon emissions, and any remaining emissions would be offset through various measures like renewable energy generation, carbon sequestration, and carbon credits. This would lead to a significant reduction in the overall carbon impact of fit outs, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.

2. Zero Waste Impact: The Living Building Challenge has a stringent zero waste policy, requiring projects to achieve zero waste to landfill. This means that all construction waste generated during the fit out process must be either recycled, composted, or repurposed, and no waste can be sent to landfill. If every fit out were certified by the LBC, it would result in a significant reduction in construction waste sent to landfills, leading to a more circular and sustainable approach to resource management.

To see the full design and collaboration story on Unispace's website, use the link below!

Given that 20% of Aotearoa's emissions are from the building sector with construction being the single biggest creator of waste, adopting the Living Building Challenge in commercial fit outs has the potential to drive positive change across industry, pushing the boundaries of sustainability and resilience. As more projects embrace these principles, we can move closer to a future where buildings actively contribute to environmental regeneration and human well-being.

Lastly, what's really important to note here is how Unispace designed a beautiful space that considered the user experience across every detail. Sustainability and great design must go hand in hand!

Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere whakamua - care for the land, care for the people, go forward.

Critical. is thrilled to play a very small part of bringing this space to life with our Cleanstone featured as the centrepiece kitchen countertop.
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