Promote health and well-being through LEED
Green buildings can promote health and well-being in the near term while preserving resources and protecting the environment for human benefit in the long term. By intentionally deploying green building strategies, like those available within the LEED rating systems, owners and practitioners can simultaneously promote health and well-being at a variety of population scales. These strategies can help:
- Create superior environments for building occupants.
- Promote safe and healthy sites for construction workers.
- Reduce toxic exposures throughout the supply chain.
- Advance the health of surrounding communities.
- Mitigate climate change to benefit global populations.
Access our tools and resources to start advocating for health and well-being within your LEED project, or to learn more about the interaction between public health and the built environment.
Tools and resources
LEED and human health are deeply interconnected – the built environment impacts both individual and population health. By intentionally applying LEED strategies and credit requirements, project teams can promote health and well-being by creating superior environments for building occupants, reducing toxic exposures throughout the supply chain, advancing the health of surrounding communities, and mitigating climate change to benefit global populations.
The following tools and resources are continuously being developed and updated to inform practitioners about the relationship between health and the built environment and the steps they can take to establish an intentional process for health promotion within their LEED projects.
- Health in LEED resource
- LEED and Health Credit Guide
- Social Determinants of Health for Real Estate
- LEED Integrative Process for Health Promotion (LEED Health Process) Pilot Credit
- For all projects
- Green Buildings for Health: An Owner’s Roadmap to the LEED Health Process
- LEED Health Process: Workshops Guide for Project Owners
- LEED Health Process: Monitoring Outcomes in Buildings
- Green Buildings for Health: A Project Team’s Roadmap to the LEED Health Process
- LEED Health Process: Workshops Guide for Project Teams
- Worksheet: Setting Project Health Goals
- Worksheet: Health Design Charrette
- For school districts
- For school project teams
- Green Schools for Health: A Project Team’s Roadmap to the LEED Health Process
- LEED Health Process: Workshops Guide for School Project Teams
- LEED Health Process: Community Health Profile Guide for School Project Teams
- LEED Health Process: Monitoring Outcomes Guide for School Project Teams
- Worksheet: Setting Project Health Goals for Schools
- Worksheet: Health Design Charrette for Schools
- For all projects
- Centering Health Equity: An Open-Source, Beta Framework for Real Estate Design and Delivery
- Using LEED Green Rating Systems to Promote Population Health
- Using Green Building as a Model for Making Health Promotion Standard in the Built Environment
- Research Anthology of Health-Promoting Building Strategies
- Healthy Green Purchasing for Asthma Prevention (Center for Green Schools)
- LEED In Motion: Health
- COVID-19: Managing buildings during COVID-19
- LEED Health Process case studies
- Sandia National Laboratories corporate campus
- The Colorado Health Foundation office building
- Balboa Park Upper Yard affordable housing development
- Maceo May affordable housing development
- 2060 Folsom affordable housing development
- John Lewis Elementary School
- District of Columbia Public Schools portfolio application
- Joint Call to Action for Healthy Communities conversation guides
- Convening New Partnerships, Breaking Out of Silos (Los Angeles, California)
- Broadening the Discussion about Health and the Built Environment (Denver, Colorado)
- An Alley Becomes a Gateway to a Healthier Community (Baltimore, Maryland)
- Design Strategies for Burning Health Issues (Phoenix, Arizona)
- Driving Results for Community Safety and Health (South Bend, Indiana)
- A Lesson Plan for Health and Health Equity (Washington, D.C.)
- A Neighborhood's Plans for a Vibrant Transformation (Salinas, California)
- Reimagining Parks, Health and an Entire Small Town (Winchester, Kentucky)
- A Stormwater Problem Becomes a Health Equity Opportunity (Denver, Colorado)
- Turning the Wheels to Build Biking Infrastructure and Access (Northwest Arkansas)