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Living Building Challenge

The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous sustainability certification program.  The Living Building Challenge recognizes design that promotes sustainability in the following 'petals': place, water usage, energy usage, health & happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.

Daylighting is preferred whenever possible. When artificial lighting is required, fixtures should support the  'Materials' and 'Health & Happiness' petals.


Materials: Local sourcing

The challenge

The Living Building Challenge promotes local material sourcing and manufacturing, by setting a designated radius depending on the budget. 

  • 20% of material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 500 km (310 miles).
  • 30% of the material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 1000 km (621 miles).
  • 25% of the material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 5000 km (3107 miles).
  • 25% of materials may be sourced from anywhere.


Your solution

Edison Price Lighting's factory is located in Long Island City in New York City, falling within an environmentally-friendly radius covering North America. 

  • Our 500 km (310 miles) radius includes Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA.; Portland, ME.
  • Our 1000 km (621 miles) radius includes Greenville, SC; Cincinnnati, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Saguenay, Quebec.
  • Our 5000 km (3107 miles) radius includes Quito, Ecuador; McCarthy, AK; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Our factory itself sources materials as locally as possible, including copper conductors from Pennsylvania, aluminum castings from New Jersey, and paint from Massachusetts.

Materials: Red List

The challenge

"Red List" chemicals and materials are known to be harmful to human health. The List includes: Asbestos, Cadmium, Chlorinated polyethylene and chlorosulfonated polyethlene, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Chloroprene (neoprene), Formaldehyde (added), Halogenated flame retardants, Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), Lead (added), Mercury, Petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides, Phthalates, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and Wood treatments containing creosote, arsenic or pentachlorophenol. 

Within the "materials" requirements, the Living Building Challenge dictates that

  • 90% of the building materials must not contain "Red List" ingredients in excess of 0.01% of the total product. 
  • There is a "Small Component" exception for products containing greater than ten constiuent parts. The exempt small component is in a discrete, contained form, and does not exceed 10% of the greater product. 


Your solution

Edison Price Lighting's factory, located in New York City, manufactures as sustainability as possible. We start with raw metal: aluminum, steel, and copper. We use non-polluting water-based cleaning agents, paint, and solvents, and purchase only RoHS compliant components. Contact us for further details.  

The following Edison Price Lighting luminaires meet The Living Building Challenge's "Red List" chemical requirements.

Meets requirements, with no "Red List" ingredients in excess of 0.01%

Meets requirements, with "Small Component" exception
Recessed fixtures contain one internal part painted with paint containing formaldehyde, which does not exceed 10% of the greater product. Track, surface, and outlet-box mounted fixtures are painted with paint containing formaldehyde, and may be painted with poweder coat paint as a modification.


Health & Happiness: Biophilic environment pattern

The challenge 

The Living Building Challenge encourages design that incorporates natural shapes, forms, and features. Lighting is a key natural element that should be considered.

  • Natural daylight should be prioritized whenever possible.
  • When artifical light is required, it should mimic natural light, through dynamic layers, diffusion, and/or visual complexity. 


The solution

Edison Price Lighting's luminaires emulate dynamic and diffuse natural light.

  • Automated lighting controls can emulate dynamic natural light. On/off and low-level dimming may be prescheduled according to natural light levels throughout the day. Lighting automation is available via wireless luminaires, via Bluetooth or Zigbee, or wired dimming controls, via DALI, DMX, or Lutron controls.
  • Tunable white lighting can emulate dynamic natural light. Tunable white luminaires can be adjusted from daylight's cool color temperatures to sunset's warm color temperatures.
  • Glare control can emulate natural light. Precisely shaped aluminum reflectors and the use of cross-baffles minimize aperture brightness, creating soft, comfortable lighting.