20-0504 Living Economy Sourcing Zone Flexibility

Question

For our project, sourcing products as prescribed from each of the radii was challenging. While we met the intent of having 75% of the products and materials sourced from within 5000 kilometers of the site, the middle ring of 1000 km was the most challenging. Additionally, our team always chooses to preference Red List compliance for our products in our Living Building Challenge work believing that market transformation is of greater need for the building industry. Referring to the  map included with this documentation , one can see that more than half of the distance circle includes the Pacific Ocean and Mexico. The remaining majority consists of Nevada, Utah and Arizona where there are vast expanses of undeveloped land, thankfully. There is really not that much manufacturing that occurs here and our contractor partner, who is familiar with the region, confirmed this. This leaves the other portion of the circle in California where we certainly did source many products. The remainder came from Oregon and Washington as well as others across the country. As the first Living Building project in Southern California, we are likely the first team to run across the realities of sourcing in this corner of the United States. We are asking for an exception that realizes this situation.

Answer

We recognize that sourcing products and meeting the zone percentages of this Imperative may be challenging in some locations and situations, and that the remote location pathway is not appropriate for projects in many locations. Based on the provided information, there can be some flexibility for your project in the percentage of budget sourced from the various zones defined by this Imperative (500 km, 1000 km, 5000 km). As long as at least 75% of the material construction budget is sourced from within 5000 km of the project site, your project can be considered compliant with the sourcing requirements of this Imperative.

ILFI is working to develop a formal pathway for projects that encounter procurement issues but are not eligible for the remote location zone expansion pathway. Until that new pathway is published, please reach out to us to discuss options if your project is having trouble meeting the zone budget percentages of this Imperative.

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