Understanding the New Building Challenge

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


This course provides an in-depth introduction to the Living Building Challenge ideology and certificate process. The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous performance standard for the built environment. It calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.


  • Identify the key components of the Living Building Challenge
  • Discuss the rationale for restorative design principles
  • Understand successful strategies for compliance with each performance area
  • Recognize financial, regulatory and behavioral barriers and incentives related to high performance design
  • Describe the Living Building Challenge Community resources and certification process


Jacques Edouard Chirazi, Certified Biomimicry Professional, has managed the City of San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative since 2007. His focus is to create economic growth while fostering sustainability. One emerging initiative is to bridge clean technology with biomimicry. He developed and supports a clean technology cluster in San Diego. His long-term vision is to create new business models and financial instruments to accelerate the commercialization of biomimetic solutions. Jacques is the Innovation and Commercialization Manager for the Biomimicry Institute and oversees the Biomimicry Launchpad program.  Currently Jacques teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego. Jacques is also a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P.) and a LEED® Green Associate.

Additional Details

Check-In: 8 a.m., with breakfast provided

Learning Level: Beginning

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.