Courtesy of Phipps Conservatory

Courtesy of Phipps Conservatory

Each year Engineering News Record (ENR) spotlights influencers from within the design and construction industry by naming the Top 25 Newsmakers of that year. This week ENR named Jason F. McLennan as one of 2015’s Top 25 Newsmakers for his work with the International Living Future Institute, which he has led since 2006, and his creation and spearheading of the Living Building Challenge.

ENR emphasizes that Jason’s “rigorous sustainability program for building production is gaining traction around the globe.”

“Early on, a lot of people thought the Living Building Challenge was too difficult and expensive,” says McLennan. “There was a huge litany of excuses.”

That was then. The [Living Building Challenge] is catching on. Around the globe, there are more than 300 registered projects, representing more than 11 million sq ft. “People no longer say they can’t,” says McLennan.

Read the full ENR article to learn more about Jason’s work with the International Living Future Institute and the visionary thinking behind the Living Building Challenge. This thinking provides the foundation for all of McLennan Design’s projects and fundamentally informs our design process.