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Exploring the Connection Between the Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit and (LEED) version 4.0 for Building Design and Construction

New Resource Helps Project Teams Build for Health

Project teams are now supported by a new resource during the planning and design stages of development projects. The resource, Exploring the Connection Between the Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 4.0 for Building Design and Construction, assists building project stakeholders to match desired health-related outcomes with LEED credits, thereby establishing healthy built environments that support human health while also supporting environmental goals.

Why do we need this resource?

The resource makes needed connections between two separate sets of guidelines available to planners, designers and other project stakeholders: Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit, and LEED Reference Guide

Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit, maintained by the BC Centre for Disease Control, presents a set of community design and planning principles for creating a healthy built environment (HBE). The principles are associated with health-related outcomes and supported by evidence.

LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction (BD+C, V.4.0) helps new construction and major renovation building projects optimize the use of natural resources, provide high-quality indoor environments, and minimize the adverse impacts of construction on environmental and human health. LEED is one of the most used ratings systems in the building industry. In BC, there is a provincial mandate to build all new and major renovation building projects to LEED Gold standard.  

By matching HBE principles with corresponding LEED credits, the resource helps project teams to better understand the potential health-related outcomes of the LEED credits they select to pursue in each project.

Who can use the report?

This resource can be used by different groups of project participants. In the planning stage, it can be used as a guide by those developing request for proposals (RFPs) and owner’s project requirements (OPRs). This resource also informs the project team about the potential health-related outcomes of LEED credits as they decide which credits to pursue. In the design stage, designers can be guided by principles that help achieve the desired LEED credits and their associated health-related outcomes.

 

Questions?

Contact ghazal.ebrahimi@fraserhealth.ca, Sustainability Consultant for High Performance Buildings at EES

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