EL15 - UL Presents: The Health & Wellness Lottery – How Green Building Helps You Hit the Jackpot in Human Health

Wednesday, November 20 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM | Booth L2023 « Back

Abstract Text:

Green building rating systems are known to address concerns about resource use. However, increasingly they are addressing human health and wellness concerns related to material selection, indoor environmental quality, and safety. The selection of products, including building materials, furnishings, and finishes is cited as a primary strategy toward sustainability because they influence a number of critical criteria, from indoor air quality to ergonomics and material transparency. The most prevalent green building rating systems -LEED, WELL, and Fitwel- as well as a growing number of procurement programs like that of the City of San Francisco, are leveraging product selection to support human health and wellness. In this live unscripted presentation, experts on procurement and green building rating systems will literally “draw” by lottery a product type, criteria, and rating system and discuss the latest challenges, related legislation, and best practices for product selection. The audience will gain an understanding of how product selection impacts occupant health and wellness, best practices for evaluating and selecting products, and some of the latest rating system criteria and legislation related to these products.

Learning Objectives:

Explain how health and wellbeing is being defined today in green building

Identify WELL features that align with LEED v4 and v4.1 BD+C & ID+C focus on human health & wellbeing, for example how WELL v1 feature 04 VOC reduction aligns with EQ credit Low Emitting Materials.

Recognize Fitwel criteria that dovetails with credits in Well v1 and v2 and LEED v4 and v4.1, such as Low-Emitting materials requirements.

Understand how circular economy concepts impact human health and wellness in sustainable building and procurement.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, WELL Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C, WELL Specific
IDCEC hours:

Event Type: Education Lab > Session