A Prescription for Health and Wellness at Greenbuild

A Prescription for Health and Wellness at Greenbuild

Sunday, August 2, 2015
/ By:
Kristen Coco


Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in Washington, DC, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement. This year’s annual Greenbuild will be held in Washington, DC on November 18-20, 2015, and offer multiple opportunities to engage in the conversation on health and wellness in buildings. Last year, Greenbuild saw the launch of the WELL Building Standard, which is administered by IWBI and certified by GBCI. This year, the new professional credential for WELL – the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) – will launch. IWBI is committed to designing the WELL AP program to work harmoniously with AIA, ASID, LEED AP, and other professional credentials – enabling professionals to demonstrate their knowledge of how to create offices, homes, schools and other buildings that perform to enhance human health and wellbeing. The WELL AP credential will ensure the public, building owners, and other building professionals that the credential holder has demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the Well Building Standard. The WELL AP is an advanced credential intended for experienced building professionals. It is not an entry-level accreditation. As such, minimum qualifications for those eligible to pursue the WELL AP credential are in development. For specific questions related to the WELL AP program: WELLAP@wellcertified.com. For additional health and wellness opportunities at Greenbuild, including WELL Workshops on November 16-17, see below. To register, visit www.greenbuildexpo.com.


LD10 Let There Be Light: Circadian Lighting, Health, and the WELL Building Standard Monday, November 16, 2015 | 8:30am-12:30pm http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35108 This session will focus on the role of daylighting on circadian rhythm, exploring how new research on melanopic lighting expands the field of lighting solutions in all types of building typologies. International experts in daylighting research will explore how we translate science into strategies, alongside industry experts who are testing innovative products that meet the standards put forward by the International WELL Building Institute. LD11 The Business Case for Health and Wellness in the Built Environment Monday, November 16, 2015 | 1:00pm-5:00pm http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35116 This session will explore the business case drivers behind measuring the impacts of health and wellness in the built environment, moving beyond traditional metrics of productivity. Experts will discuss innovative ways to calcuate ROI on health and wellness strategies in design projects, as well as discuss the role of big data and analytics.


LD09 WELL Workshop: Understanding the WELL Building Standard Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35106 This workshop will introduce the purpose, key components, and structure of the WELL Building Standard. Participants will be guided through the medical and scientific basis of WELL and the standard's design, implementation, and certification requirements. It will provide an in-depth overview of the standard to help prepare participants for the WELL AP exam. MH01 - Materials & Human Health Summit Opening Session Tuesday, November 17 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | Ballroom B http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35034 MH04 - Protecting Health at Multiple Scales Tuesday, November 17 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM | 146B http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35133 We know that there is a direct relationship between the level of contact people have with materials to how much they care about their ingredients. What are the connections between sources of contaminants, like air pollution and manufacturing, to things we touch every day and the air we breathe? Molecules don't stay put, they migrate around the world. How do we value companies who are looking at scales of health impact across the supply chain? Is this the role of regulation or an opportunity for market differentiation? MH05 - Materials & Human Health Summit Luncheon Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Ballroom B http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35035 MH09 - Materials & Human Health Summit Closing Session Tuesday, November 17 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM | Ballroom BC http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35036


ED01 - Green Building Solutions to Promote Public Health Wednesday, November 18 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35091 There is strong evidence that the buildings and neighborhoods in which we live, work, learn, and play have an impact on our health and well-being. However, evidence from public health research is often not translated into built environment practice. Health and well-being are long-standing values of the green building movement, however health outcomes have not been as formally or intentionally addressed within green building tools as domains such as energy efficiency or natural resource conversation. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve health. This discussion paper will challenge Greenbuild attendees to explore the current landscape of health and wellness considerations by green building solution providers. EL25 - The Sherwin-Williams Company Presents: New Coatings to Support Cleaner and Fresher Healthcare Environments Wednesday, November 18 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35094 Traditionally considered solely in terms of color and finish, commercial paint has been technologically advanced to now deliver much more to a healthcare environment than a sense of calm. You will learn how these advanced architectural-grade coatings can help to improve the indoor environment of healthcare facilities, how they support new cleaning and sanitation protocols, and how they can even help to reduce odors so that the facility smells fresher. When the cumulative benefits are examined, these high-performance coatings now generate real value for facility owners and give architects and designers the ability to specify a wall coating that is visually stimulating and can help to improve indoor air quality. A14 - Next Generation of Certification: LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER & GRESB Wednesday, November 18 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | 147AB http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35090 The Next Generation of Certification session will include an overview of key certification statistics, a description of comprehensive program improvements and the development of innovative certification solutions that are focused on value-add direct engagement with project teams. This update will also include a description of new program certifications that are now part of GBCI’s certification repertoire, including the WELL Building Standard, Sustainable SITES, PEER and GRESB and include a preview of new certification options for LEED project teams. If you are unable to attend this session, please visit the GBCI Certification Work Zone where you can discuss your projects and interact face-to-face with our LEED, PEER and SITES review staff and WELL Assessors. B10 - Gundersen Health System's Journey to Energy Independence Wednesday, November 18 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 201 http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34907 In one of the largest segments of the US economy, with some of the highest energy intensities, where far too many organizations are yet to start significant work on energy conservation, Gundersen experienced its first day of Energy Independence on October 14, 2014 . For Gundersen, the decision to pursue Energy Independence was about Mission – the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves. Taking on this immense task, to improve the environment, reduce pollution that leads to illness (the opposite of its mission) while reducing the cost of Healthcare, demonstrates what is possible and provides a roadmap for others. Throughout this 7-year journey, Gundersen reduced waste, upgraded mechanical/electrical systems and constructed a large portfolio of renewable energy projects. Gundersen owns and operates wind turbine, landfill gas conversion, solar PV, solar hot water and dairy digester projects in West Central Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota. In addition to its impact on energy, Gundersen achieved a reduction in its solid waste stream of more than 35%, and reduced its food waste by 70%. Join us to hear from Gundersen’s top leaders on how it became a model for the nation in Hospital Sustainability, and how others can follow its example. B13 - Green building system synergies: LEED-SITES-WELL Wednesday, November 18 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 202A http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34954 Almost 15 years ago the built environment was propelled to new frontiers when the LEED green building certification system imbued sustainability in the building and construction industries. Through its success, new standards have emerged that carry sustainable design beyond the front door. The Sustainable SITES InitiativeTM guides designers to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and ultimately elevate the value of landscapes, while the WELL Building Standard® focuses on human wellness and identifies specific conditions, that when holistically integrated into building design, enhance the health and well-being of the occupants. Though the latter standards are relatively new, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory, in Pittsburgh, PA, has been certified as LEED Platinum under version 2.2, is the first four star certified SITES pilot project, and is the first WELL Building platinum pilot project. The goal of this session is to understand the benefits of these green standards, to examine the specific LEED credit categories where there is overlap and synergy between these rating systems, and to recognize how using these standards together not only elevates the sustainability of the landscape, the building, and the occupants’ health, but encourages integrated design and inspires sustainability in future projects. EL36 - WoodWorks Presents: Wood as a Restorative Material in Healthcare Environments Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35527 The average North American spends 90 percent of his or her time indoors. This not only makes the design of building interiors ever more important, but calls for the buildings themselves to provide a connection to nature. This presentation will examine a growing body of research suggesting that the human relationship with wood is similar to positive responses of our species to other natural cues such as nature, natural sunlight, and plants. Biophilia, the affinity of humans for life and life-like processes, will be discussed in the context of visual wood used in healthcare facilities and subsequent effects on patients and staff.


C05 - Making Healthy Property Investable: Opportunities & Barriers Thursday, November 19 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 206 http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34973 It is increasingly well recognized that the design and operation of the communities in which people live, work, learn, and play significantly influence their health. However, within the real estate industry, the health impacts of transportation, community development, and other construction projects, both positive and negative, continue to operate largely as economic externalities: unmeasured, unregulated, and for the most part unconsidered. This lack of transparency limits communities’ ability to effectively advocate for real estate investment that best promotes their health and well-being. It also limits market incentives for innovation within the real estate industry by making it more difficult for developers that successfully target health behaviors and outcomes in their projects to differentiate themselves competitively. The global impact of the green building movement stems in large part from its success in making sustainable building projects and practices attractive opportunities for investment. Going forward, healthy places must also become investable to achieve meaningful progress toward a nationwide culture of health. In addition to discussing opportunities and barriers to enabling investment in healthy properties, this session will highlight real world innovations and insights from on-the-ground experience in creating healthier built environments. F05 - Measuring circadian light in buildings: findings and actions Thursday, November 19 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM | 206 http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34914 Lighting design for office buildings has focused largely on providing sufficient illumination for visual performance, minimal glare, good color rendering and energy efficiency. Little attention has been given to understanding how light affects the non-visual systems, including circadian regulation that affects sleep and mood. Light plays an essential role in regulating circadian rhythms by directly affecting the internal timing mechanisms of the body and, thus, human performance and well-being. Daylight is the ideal light source for the circadian system because it is available at the correct time and duration and it has the ideal amount and spectrum for activating the circadian system. While it is possible to mimic all aspects of daylight with electric light sources, this is never practically achieved because of budgets and energy codes. Personal light-dark exposure patterns were measured for seven consecutive days during the summer and the winter for the same individuals working in one of four federal buildings designed to utilize daylight and administered by the General Services Administration. Self-reports of sleep and mood were also collected. Findings from the field evaluation will be presented with some “lessons learned” on how to maximize daylight and electric lighting in a space to increase circadian stimulation. C14 - Introduction to the WELL Building Standard Thursday, November 19 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 147AB http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35085


H04 - Buildings of the Future: Visions To Guide Decision Making Friday, November 20 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | 207A http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34944 This session will discuss transformative views of future buildings a century from today with consideration of changes in technology, design, and policy that could revolutionize the built environment. We will explore a future where buildings are self-aware and continuously anticipate and react to changes in weather, time of day, and occupant needs to optimize energy and water use, materials consumption and contribute to a cleaner environment. Buildings will integrate with the power grid, local power sources, and other buildings to provide grid and building services to the benefit of building owners, grid operators, and the entire community. Buildings will monitor the health and productivity of occupants and actively support better living. In summary, buildings will no longer be passive objects that consume resources but rather active participants engaged in the energy and water systems and our community. It is critical to understand how fast-changing technologies can be integrated in buildings in a balanced way that generates economic, social, and environmental value. H05 - Impact of Green Building on Cognitive Function and Health Friday, November 20 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | 206 http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/34922 The advent of sustainable design or “green building” strategies has reinvigorated questions over whether environmentally friendly buildings can also be healthy buildings. In Part 1, we will discuss the existing state of knowledge on buildings and health. Part 2 will focus on a key measure of worker health and productivity in workspaces – cognitive function. We will discuss how cognitive function, and thus productivity, is influenced by environmental and behavioural exposures. The audience will learn how higher order executive decision-making is assessed. Based on decisions made by participants, measurement profiles are generated which reflect the underlying decision-making capacities of the individual. In Part 3, we will focus on our recent study of workers employed in conventional workplaces who were recruited to spend 6 work days in the Syracuse University Center of Excellence, which can simulate different indoor environmental conditions. Each day participants were subjected to altered levels of ventilation, volatile organic compounds, and carbon dioxide. Participants reported fewer health symptoms, had better sleep quality, and had better cognitive function on the optimized environment days compared to the days with elevated carbon dioxide or VOC levels. TF03 - Building Wellness: Your Health in the Built Environment Friday, November 20 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35008 Many in the healthcare industry are recognizing the wellness impacts of the built environment and striving to create more healthful and restorative spaces for not only patients, but visitors, staff, and the planet. First, attendees will experience the New Sibley, an expansion of Sibley Memorial Hospital, affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a 450,000 square foot design, which accommodates an increased demand in emergency services, office space, and consumer preference for private patient rooms and modernized facilities. A 17,000 square foot vegetated roof feature is irrigated by a low flow system fed by a 30,000 gallon cistern, which collects condensate from the East Wing. Next, the tour will visit the 650,000 square foot Inova Women’s Hospital and Inova Children’s Hospital before they are open to patients. This project is the final phase of a major expansion and renovation at the Fairfax Medical Campus. Attendees will learn how the hospital examined durability, first costs, and maintenance and health impacts when adding their 348 patient beds, 108 NICU beds, 8 operating rooms, and 6 cesarean section rooms. In addition to a healthier built environment, Inova is a leader in providing sustainable food to patients, staff, and the community by hosting a farmer’s market and raising money to supplement food assistance programs. The final stop will be the Milken Institute School of Public Health, a non-profit public charity with substantial health-policy expertise. Tour participants will learn how organizations like Milken are a driving force behind healthier buildings, while viewing unique tour highlights like an interactive lobby display shows real-time water, gas, and electric usage. Tour Limitations: Limited handicap accessibility to the green roof at Milken Institute. http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35013 The design community can talk a big game, but can they live up to the hype? For these four design firms the answer is yes. Designing their spaces as “living labs” to test workplace design concepts and new sustainability strategies, RTKL Associates Inc., Gensler, SmithGroupJJR, and Perkins + Will prove you can design a better workplace. By utilizing a combination of daylighting strategies, lighting controls, efficient mechanical systems, and locally sourced materials, these spaces boast high recycled construction waste, reduction of water and energy usage, and welcome access to natural light; coupled with the use of materials with high recycled content and low VOC content. This tour will explore innovations at all four spaces. Pulling from the pool of talent and knowledge at their disposal, RTKL conducted surveys and collaborative group meetings to get feedback on design concepts that helped push the envelope of what could be achieved. Acquiring new storefront, Gensler designed their first floor to engage the community and maximize natural daylight for its occupants. Although they reduced their space by 43%, SmithGroupJJR was able to increase its staff by 5% through the implementation of sustainable measures. Perkins + Will has access to the largest, privately-owned green roof in DC and has signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment and Global Reporting Index, which holds organizations accountable for annual energy and water consumption. Tour Limitations: Perkins+Will: Limited handicap accessibility to the roof portion of the tour. Gensler: Visitors need to sign in and identify if they are a citizen or non-citizen. TF10 - Dr. Green Is In: Wellness and Health, Design for your Body and Mind Friday, November 20 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35015 This tour will begin with an energetic presentation on Material Health and Healthy Interior Environments before heading to the new LEED Gold certified Whitman Walker Health Clinic, which focuses on serving DC’s LGBT community and providing HIV care. Tour attendees will learn about low cost sustainable design strategies for healthcare environments and workplace ergonomics and hear firsthand how a collaborative approach between the architect, owner and engineer resulted in a space that supports patient and occupant health. The second tour stop will be the Endocrine Society, where attendees will experience material health in action. Tour participants will learn how to select materials for indoor environments that create a healthier, environmentally sound and comfortable space for employees. The tour will close with a presentation on the Well Building Standard. This standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on human wellness within the built environment across seven categories – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Tour Limitations: None Anticipated


TS05 - Strategies for Interior Innovation Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35030 This tour will explore products and spaces that are at the leading edge of workplace design. First, at the Lutron Commercial Experience Center, tour attendees will interact with the latest energy saving lighting control technology, including sensors, energy monitors and state of the art lighting controls. The tour will then head to Nixon Peabody, the first law firm in the country to pursue LEED certification, to see corporate commitment to occupant health and comfort in action through choices like superior indoor environmental quality and maximized daylighting strategies. Tour attendees will also see a unique three-story living wall, which is irrigated by reusing condensate from mechanical units. The final stop will be at the National Parks Conservation Association, a non-profit organization that will demonstrate how they practice their core values in their own headquarters every day through strategies like reducing lighting power by 26%, water consumption by 34%, and responsible material selections. The total walking distance for this tour is 1.46 miles and the tour will proceed, rain or shine. Tour Limitations: None Anticipated TS06 - Bike DC: Transit, Health, and Gardens Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/35031 Want to get outdoors and cruise the Nation’s Capital? This half-day bike tour led by the DC chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will take participants at a leisurely pace through historic, revitalized, and picturesque areas of downtown DC. The first stop is an urban farm and community education center, Walker-Jones Community Gardens, where attendees will experience an outdoor classroom consisting of unique gardens, composting piles, and an irrigation cistern which provide an experimental learning opportunity beyond a typical classroom setting for children in the District. The bike tour will become interactive at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health with touchscreen exhibits and cutting-edge health technology displays. Rolling on to the city’s transportation hub, Union Station, the group will learn about the Station’s new, ultra-modern bike station, and engage in a discussion about how this facility has interconnected various transit systems in DC, making public transportation for visitors and commuters convenient. Biking on to the historic National Mall, a stop at the Smithsonian’s Gardens will surely provide some green inspiration. The biking portion of the tour will conclude at the District Architecture Center where a panel of speakers will further discuss how the District has been transformed by alternative means of transportation. The total biking distance for this tour is 4.30 miles; the total walking distance is 0.60 miles. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate itinerary has been coordinated that will highlight these projects. Tour Limitations: No handicap access due to the method of transit