18-0125 v3.1/Pikes Peak Summit Complex/High Alpine Tundra -- Sensitive Ecological Habitat 3.x


Our team is seeking an exception to the I01 Limits to Growth Imperative for recognition of High Alpine Tundra as a sensitive ecological habitat.

The climate at our project site, 14,115 feet in elevation, is considered Climate Zone 8, as temperatures rarely exceed 60 degrees F (15 degrees C). 66% of time temperatures are below freezing.  Wind speeds regularly exceed 100mph (160.9 kph) making it practically impossible to introduce new species, plants or animals, to the area.  National Geographic, in an article entitled  Tundra Threats, described alpine tundra as such, “The tundra that covers a tenth of Earth's land are essentially frozen bogs with little vegetation diversity. But these are among the most sensitive habitats in the world.” 

A third of the public space in the building is dedicated to interpretive information about the local trails, the history of the peak, the geology, the climate and conditions and the life zones/habitats in the area. There will also be interpretive signage throughout the site. Through these interpretive and educational elements, the project aims to encourage conservation. We feel that our project aligns with the intent of the other exceptions given in the Limits to Growth Imperative, like wetlands, dunes, or virgin prairie, as one of the primary purposes of the Pikes Peak Summit House will be to educate visitors about the surrounding landscape.

The building and associated site will be constructed only on previously developed portions of the summit of Pikes Peak, so as to not disturb the existing native landscape and ecological systems.

2/20/2018 Follow up to ILFI response of High Alpine Tundra being a Sensitive Ecological Habitat:

Will there be an official exception created for this, or should the team just reference this Dialogue post?



High alpine tundra may be considered a sensitive ecological habitat within the Living Building Challenge.

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