While LEED contains a number of health-related strategies, practitioners must be intentional in their use of LEED to maximize its potential health benefit. A needs-based health promotion process such as the LEED Integrative Process for Health Promotion (IPHP) pilot credit can help project teams select and tailor LEED credits based on a project’s specific health context.
The majority of credits within the LEED v4 and v4.1 rating systems address the health of the site user and health-related credits are found within every LEED credit category. These credits include guidance on improving indoor air quality, promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition, and designing for mental health and comfort, among many others. Some strategies, however, do not fully state their potential health benefit(s) and/or require practitioners to choose a specific health-related compliance pathway.
With an intentional, needs-based approach to the application of credit requirements, projects can target health goals most relevant to their project’s population. Practitioners can also leverage the power of the rating system to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency goals while maintaining a focus on health promotion efforts.