The Green Health Partnership, a research and development initiative between USGBC and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, was excited to announce at the recent IMPACT conference the first recipients of the new Building Health Leadership Award.
The Building Health Leadership Award celebrates green building projects that focus on occupant health throughout all phases of building development and operation. Award recipients go above and beyond by rigorously
- considering occupant health during planning stages,
- taking strategic action to promote health and well-being through building certifications, and
- committing to measuring impact.
The first recipients of the Building Health Leadership Award include a cross-section of projects and organizations within corporate campus, office and K–12 school settings.
Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, New Mexico) LEED v4 campus certification, which encompasses 900 acres, the largest LEED Campus effort at a Department of Energy Lab. To encourage physical activity within their campus, they prioritized the walkability and bike-ability of their site. Sandia National Laboratories will assess the impact of these strategies by conducting a series of user/occupant surveys.
The 428 (St. Paul, Minnesota) has prioritized a balance of both environmental and human health by achieving both LEED Silver and WELL Gold certification in a retrofitted building in downtown St. Paul. The 428's design and operation strategies centered around daylighting, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop lounge with planters that provide users with access to nature. The building is also equipped with bicycle storage and showers to encourage active transit.
D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) (Washington, D.C.) has organized their health promotion goals by guiding LEED certification at four different schools within their portfolio. DCPS is pursuing a minimum certification level of LEED Gold at all four schools, as is standard for DCPS modernization projects. DCPS values the holistic outcomes of a sustainably designed school, including healthy outcomes for students. The following schools, currently in the design stage, are applying the "Integrative Process for Health Promotion" LEED credit to help them set health goals, take action and monitor impact:
- Eaton Elementary School (PreK–5)
- Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan (PreK–8)
- West Elementary School (PreK–5)
- Banneker High School (9–12)
All three of these Building Health Leadership Award recipients exemplify a new form of high-performance green building practice.
We will continue to recognize Building Health Leadership Award recipients at regional events throughout the year. Next, Pacific region projects may nominate their projects for recognition at Greenerbuilder San Francisco on July 25 by completing the award application before May 20.