Lu MEB to LEED the way to WELL
In the field of engineering, we are used to governing bodies that issue codes and standards that define what is an acceptable product or design and push us forward to a better future, albeit with much hard work and late nights. Building projects are no exception!
For the last few decades, much of the building industry has been focused on reducing energy usage within facilities. Various certifications are available to demonstrate leadership in energy reduction, including a very common one named LEED, or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. Many buildings on campus have attained this goal and it is now mandatory that each project on campus attain a minimum of Silver Certification. Lu MEB will attain this minimum while seeking to win Gold Certification if possible (many constraints). Achieving LEED is worthwhile and will lead to changes in how we interact with our old building. More to come on this front!
A new development in the industry is a renewed focus on the occupant. Our Lu MEB project was recently approved to pursue WELL Certification, Version 2. This point system complements the LEED certification. Our building will be the first one on campus to attain such an honor, and one of a few in the State of Illinois to attain this certification. This opportunity presents Lu MEB as a real “living laboratory” for all to see and some fortunate individuals to experience every day. More to come on this as well!
The latest trend, one that really is just gaining momentum, is the Living Building Challenge 4.0 offered by the International Living Future Institute. Our building was too far along to incorporate all the aspects of this challenge. But, I believe that we should do the best we can to achieve the most we can! I’ll share more on this front too!
From here forward, I will be posting progress videos at least once a month. If anyone has some real skills in this, let me know! I could use some help!