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USGBC and IWBI will develop dual certification pathways for LEED and WELL

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USGBC and IWBI will develop dual certification pathways for LEED and WELL

The partnership will focus on streamlining the certification process for both rating programs. 


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor   | November 8, 2022
USGBC and IWBI will develop dual certification pathways for LEED and WELL

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) will expand their strategic partnership to develop dual certification pathways for LEED and WELL.

Beginning in early 2023, the partnership will focus on streamlining the process for achieving dual WELL and LEED certifications through a two-way crosswalk and a coordinated third-party review overseen by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), according to a news release.

USGBC and IWBI will extend and expand their shared efforts across several other priorities, including social equity, sustainable finance, and advocacy.

The partnership will also explore future opportunities to accelerate the adoption of LEED and WELL, as well as the development of new tools and resources to support a growing green workforce.

“By forging this stronger alliance with USGBC, we’re not only taking substantial steps to better support the uptake of WELL and LEED together, we’re also sending a powerful market signal that sustainability and health must go hand-in-hand,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO, IWBI.

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