OCCUPANT WELLNESS TOOLKIT
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sundt (Large Conference Room)
909 Texas Ave., El Paso, TX 79901
About this Event
This lively session will empower you to identify the health risks for specific populations within the built environment and learn how tools such as LEED and Fitwel can be used as a guide towards achieving positive results. Green building rating systems address occupant health in the built environment by incorporating recommendations from leading research in the field of health and wellness.
To facilitate this, LEED recently introduced a pilot credit called Integrative Process for Health Promotion and Fitwel provides a framework to incorporate interventions that prioritize occupant health and productivity.
This session will provide an overview of the health and wellness initiatives outlined by each rating system including the historical impact that design has on health, the science and development behind rating system recommendations, and why each is impactful.
About the Presenter
Noreen Richards is a Principal with Verdacity and an Architect and LEED AP BD+C. She has extensive experience in coordinating and integrating building systems, regulatory and programmatic requirements, and other criteria to support performance, efficiency, and health in the built environment. Noreen has been managing LEED certifications for over ten years. Her methodology enables institutions to benchmark sustainability operations, identify opportunities for improvement, and institutionalize their implementation on multiple scales. In 2018, Noreen was appointed to the second cohort of Urban Land Institute's Health Leadership Network as part of her on-going commitment to positively influencing human health and wellness in built environments.
1. Identify health risks for specific populations within various building types, locations, and functions.
2. Distinguish design interventions for prioritizing and integrating occupant wellness resources into your building projects.
3. Engage with a multi-disciplinary team, including health professionals, designers, planners, and user groups to implement changes that affect occupant health.
4. Utilize research-driven frameworks for continued management of building environments to support occupant wellness.