15-0129 v3.X/Fred/Trees, or Topography


When goals conflict, I realize they're best solved with an application of common sense and an eye on the overall intent....however a little guidance is all to the good.

In this particular instance, I'm contemplating a stand of new evergreens along a northern property line, to act as a wind- and sound-break. Since that property line sits atop a slope, the shadows cast on the neighboring property are all the more significant. In the midst of wondering what trees might work, it is clear that the already existing, and very substantial, trees in the general area of the project property already cast a shadow over two-thirds of the adjacent roof. I can easily imagine cases where the natural topography would create similar conditions.

Whether new landscaping of plant materials counts in ILBI's challenge as a part of the project in terms of the right to nature petal intent or not, it does potentially violate the spirit of the intent. Any thoughts?


We appreciate the request for clarification, and agree with your assessment of the spirit of the intent of the Imperative. New landscaping (both coniferous and deciduous) should be included in the consideration for the Rights to Nature Imperative, and will be assessed visually during the onsite walk-through. The Operations and Maintenance Manual (required as part of Imperative 20: Inspiration + Education) should also include a description and explanation of pruning expectations.

Existing landscape is exempt - in no way does the Living Building Challenge suggest that mature trees should be removed or destroyed to comply.

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