Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a global leader in sustainable building practices, has opened the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), one of the world's greenest buildings. The new 24,350-‐square-‐foot structure is the first building project to pursue all three of the highest green architecture and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge SM, LEED® Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification. A model of sustainability for architects, scientists, planners and anyone interested in living greener, this groundbreaking new building was designed to mimic nature and function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower. The CSL was the most ambitious phase of Phipps’ three-‐part, multi-‐year expansion. During the planning stages of this project, Phipps accepted the Living Building Challenge issued by International Living Future Institute to guide the design and construction of its facility. The Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous performance standard for the built environment, attempts to raise the bar and define a closer measure of true sustainability.
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