The Top 5 Green Building “Buzzwords” of 2020

2020 has been quite a year. The pandemic that altered nearly every facet of our lives, the wildfires burning across the western US, waves of social change rising around the globe, and a presidential election like no other. But we weathered through the uncertainty and found new ways of going about our daily lives—and so did the green building industry.

As we wrap up the year, we put together a list of the top five green building “buzzwords” of 2020. We hope that these buzzwords will give you a glimpse of key ideas that have shaped the green building landscape this year. 

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Shedding Light on Daylighting: A Comparison of LEED, WELL, Fitwel & LBC Credits

Shruti is a Project Management & LEED Intern at Verdical Group. She is currently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) pursuing her Master of Arts in Design for Sustainability. She is a LEED AP BD+C and Fitwel Ambassador.

Introduction

The positive effects of daylight on human health & wellbeing have been studied for many years, and the results of these studies have been well-integrated into green-building & wellness-centered rating systems.

This article will analyze daylight credits across four rating systems: LEED, WELL, Fitwel, and the Living Building Challenge, to understand their unique intent and documentation requirements. Understanding the nuances, synergies, and interconnections within these rating systems can help us in designing better strategies for successful green buildings. It will also enable us to see possibilities and likely outcomes of combining different rating systems to improve occupant health and maximize building performance.

We created a table listing the four rating systems and discovered the following similarities & differences:

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