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USGBC and IWBI unveil streamlined certification pathway for LEED and WELL green building programs

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USGBC and IWBI unveil streamlined certification pathway for LEED and WELL green building programs

The new process simplifies documentation requirements for both green building programs. 


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 18, 2023
USGBC and IWBI unveil streamlined certification pathway for LEED and WELL. Photo by Scott Webb

Photo by Scott Webb

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) released a streamlined process for projects pursuing certifications for the LEED green building rating system and the WELL Building Standard.

The new protocol simplifies documentation for projects that are pursuing both certifications at the same time or that have already earned one certification and are looking to add the other. A new suite of tools and resources is available to applicants interested in pursuing LEED and WELL certifications, including:

  • LEED + WELL Crosswalk: This tool shows how individual LEED credits map to specific WELL features and vice versa. As buildings are being designed, project teams can use the crosswalk to identify where LEED and WELL are aligned and which strategies and initiatives support both programs.
  • LEED + WELL Submittal Form: This form is required for both LEED and WELL certification reviews. Project teams complete the form to identify which compliance paths are being utilized and communicate that information to the review team.
  • LEED + WELL Streamlined Certification Process Guide: This document outlines the process, requirements, and implementation tools available to project teams.

“Improving human health has been a foundational component of LEED since its inception and is the goal of each of the 10 concepts within the WELL Building Standard,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO of USGBC and GBCI. “By creating a streamlined process for LEED and WELL certification, we are encouraging every building owner and project team to adopt best practices that maximize benefits to occupant and community health.”

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