LEED vs. WELL Building

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LEED vs. WELL | What is the difference?

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Buildings are evolving to make meaningful changes in our built environment. With a global focus on health and wellness from the impacts of COVID-19 and carbon reduction to combat climate change, organizations are raising the standards for construction. Understanding certification opportunities through various accredited organizations can set your next construction project apart from your competitors and attract top talent.

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Over the last decade, LEED and WELL have gained national recognition for leading the way in modern, responsible buildings and design. LEED is a certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and WELL is managed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). While both four-letters acronyms have similar requirements and standards, the two certifications are very different. WELL Building standards focus on people's health and wellness, while LEED Building standards focus on environmental impact and sustainability.

Both LEED and WELL requirements involved healthy, sustainable construction practices and ongoing building operations after a building is turned over. From improved air quality management and sustainable water management to occupant health and wellness, both certifications positively impact the people who live, work and occupy the spaces for the life of the building.

SECURA Insurance Companies Corporate Headquarters WELL Building & C.D. Smith Corporate Office LEED Gold Certification

So what are some of the key differences between LEED and WELL? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the most widely used green building rating system globally. LEED criteria focus on the building's overall impact on the environment. Key elements of LEED include optimizing energy performance, reducing carbon footprints, preventing pollution and sustainable water management practices, among many other sustainable standards. (NOTE: We celebrated LEED Gold® certification on our new Fond du Lac Corporate Office in early 2020. According to the USGBC LEED Project Directory, the C.D. Smith Corporate Office was the first non-confidentially recognized LEED BD+C: New Construction-v4 Gold Certified building in Wisconsin.)

C.D. Smith Corporate Office exterior photograph with reference to LEED Gold Certification

On the other hand, WELL buildings focus on the building's overall impact to human health and well-being. WELL buildings set air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind standards to improve occupants' wellness. WELL sets standards for indoor air quality management, water testing and treatment programs, microbe and mold control, cleaning protocols, access to fitness and nourishment.

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WHAT IS LEED? | Learn more from the video embedded below (courtesy of the U.S. Green Building Council) or by visiting USGBC.ORG/LEED.

OUR LEED GOLD® SUSTAINABILITY | Our corporate headquarters represents how we've set the next-generation standard for high-performance building design, construction and operations. Explore sustainability features with a video tour (embedded below) or by visiting cdsmith.com/our-sustainability.

LOOK FOR THE WELL HEALTH-SAFETY SEAL | Learn more from the video embedded below (courtesy of IWBI) or by visiting wellhealthsafety.com.

WHAT IS THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD®? | The way we design and build our communities can improve quality of life. WELL Building Standard® is a standard of measurement to monitor these features. Go to our WELL BUILDING STANDARD® web page to learn more about advancing health and well-being through our built environments.

WELL CERTIFIED PROJECT EXAMPLES | As of July 8, 2021, SECURA Insurance Companies' Corporate Headquarters made it the first insurance company in Wisconsin to earn the WELL Certification, and only the second building in the state to be certified. The first was SSM Health's Beaver Dam Clinic. Achieving WELL Certification for both projects was a collaborative effort among the owners and design architect Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), with C.D. Smith delivering construction management services through project and trade partnerships.

Explore more details about these two WELL-Certified projects at the following links: SECURA INSURANCE COMPANIES CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS and SSM HEALTH BEAVER DAM CLINIC.

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