What’s the Value of Building Certifications Beyond Certifying Buildings?

What’s the Value of Building Certifications Beyond Certifying Buildings?


December 2019

As sustainability and wellness certifications gain momentum, the question often becomes, “To certify, or not to certify?” – but this binary approach misses the true intent of these systems. The focus should not be on chasing points but building upon the strategies outlined in these building standards to create healthier and more environmentally friendly workplaces. Certification is not just about the plaque – it’s about the process. Regardless of whether formal certification is pursued, every project can and should borrow ideas and strategies from leading sustainability and wellness frameworks to create a better built environment. By leveraging the extensive research that goes into developing each credit or feature, project teams can pursue proven, data-driven strategies that reduce impact on the environment while promoting health and wellbeing for occupants.

Keywords: sustainability, wellness, building certifications, the LEADER Magazine


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