Let’s Collaborate! A WELL, LBC, and LEED Overlay for Passive House

To remain leaders in the sustainable and high-performance building sectors, we must not only prepare to deliver projects that meet building codes but be poised to offer guidance to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and sustainability possible for each project. This achievement must support owner goals, community goals, state goals, market insights, and stewardship of aligned ecological systems. Therefore, every appropriate tool is needed to inform this work.

While many owners, project staff, and community leaders are becoming more familiar with Passive House certification and designing low-energy buildings, they may be less so with strategies from IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, ILFI’s Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, and recent incremental improvements to the USGBC’s LEEDv4.1 standard.

This session will focus less on the process of checklists and submissions, and more on which strategies from these programs complement any Passive House project. By utilizing these programs as Toolboxes, rather than lists, teams can enhance Passive House certification, verify performance and complete a broad range of sustainability goals.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify how PH, WELL, LBC, and LEEDv4.1 assess:
    • Energy- embodied and operational energy use
    • Indoor Air Quality- health and well-being
    • Water- water use
    • Waste- operational waste
    • Transportation- transportation emissions
  • Explore practical applications that complement Passive House certification.
  • Summarize how these Toolboxes work together to create a healthy, efficient, and environmentally responsible building.
  • Understand options to verify CO2 emissions, occupant well-being, and water use targets


Credits: AIA credit available

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