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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is building the Brock Environmental Center, its newest environmentally intelligent, community education center. When completed in October 2014 on Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the facility will house CBF's Hampton Roads office as well as local conservation organizations. For the project, CBF chose the design and construction team of SmithGroupJJR, Hourigan Construction and Skanska as owner's representative.

The CBF intends for the new center to meet the "Living Building Challenge™," a set of strict environmental standards established by the International Living Future Institute ( that requires the facility to have "net zero" impact on the surrounding land, water, and air. The building will be the first of its kind in Virginia, among only 18 prospective Living Buildings on the East Coast, and one of only about 150 currently pursuing the Challenge worldwide.

The Brock Environmental Center team is among the first Living Building Challenge projects to openly share its substantial, exhaustively researched materials database, which is in compliance with the Red List and appropriate sourcing imperatives. We feel this enables the industry’s collective knowledge base to move along more quickly, benefitting the desire for healthier and safer buildings for all.

SmithGroupJJR asks that anyone who spends time with the data to please advise the firm if there are any errors or overlooked opportunities. This is especially true of any manufacturers who may review the representations of their products; if there was a misunderstanding of what was gleaned from product literature or correspondence, SmithGroupJJR requests to be notified. Let's learn together.


The Brock Environmental Center Materials Database

The information we are sharing was compiled by SmithGroupJJR and Hourigan Construction. This information is based upon our knowledge and beliefs, and under no circumstances do we make any representations that you have a right to rely on this information. Rather, we recommend that you independently investigate the items that are of specific interest. Finally, SmithGroupJJR and Hourigan Construction makes no warranties, expressed or implied, of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

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