Green Building Rating Systems

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Building certification systems offer valuable frameworks for designing buildings with environmental and human outcomes in mind. This presentation reviews the mechanics, goals, values, and the relative cost and effort of five common building certifications on the market today (LEED, WELL, Fitwel, Living Building Challenge, and Green Globes) providing attendees with a deeper understanding of which rating system might be most appropriate for their next project.

Learning objectives

  • Define green building rating system mechanics and identify corresponding components of each rating system.
  • Recognize the benefits and considerations for the following third-party green building rating systems: LEED, WELL, Fitwel, Living Building Challenge, and Green Globes.
  • Gain a general understanding of certification costs, recertification requirements, prerequisites and minimum requirements, health and environmental benefits, and market maturity of each rating system.
  • Identify which rating systems would be most appropriate for a project based on client objectives and budget.

This free course is brought to you through a partnership with EXCEL. By registering for this course, you grant AIA permission to share your name and email address with EXCEL.

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  • Summer Minchew


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    Ecoimpact is a leading sustainability firm out of the nation’s capital. Summer has managed the...