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    The Hong Kong Institute of Architects

HKIA Circular: 10/2005

    CPD 073 060505

    29 April 2005


    Round Table Discussion on

    Health Outcomes Vs. Sustainability Labelling Using LEED

    organized by Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, Board of Local Affairs

Date : 6 May 2005, Friday

    Time : 6:30 pm 8:00 pm (inclusive of Q & A)

    Venue : HKIA Premises

    Speaker : Dr Glenn Sweitzer, Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture

    Ball State University in Munice, Indiana, USA

    Moderator : Mr K S Wong, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee Fee : Free of Charge


    Health and sustainability elude consensus definition and assessment. Health outcomes and sustainability are intertwined with

    buildings, in which we spend most of our life. Because sustainable buildings should serve well for several generations, their impact on health outcomes should be of lifelong importance.

On this basis, the researchers have compared health outcomes reported in the US with associated LEED (Leadership in Energy &

    Environmental Design) checklist items, scoring, and labelling thresholds. Selected comparisons are reported according to the six LEED scoring categories: Site; Water; Energy & Atmosphere; Materials & Resources; Indoor Air Quality; and Innovation & Design.

Checklist anomalies and discrepancies items are discussed. The research suggests changes to certain LEED checklist items and

    labelling thresholds to better account for health outcomes. These suggestions may be considered for future versions of LEED,

    intended to improve sustainability assessments of buildings.

What is LEED ?

    The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System? is a voluntary, consensus-based

    national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings in the U.S. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution. LEED

    provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a

    comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources.

More Info on LEED :

About the Speaker

    Dr Glenn Sweitzer is Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Sustainability is the

    focus of his teaching, research, and consulting. Health outcomes, studied first as a US National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Tokyo, have helped shape his current research concerning sustainability assessment.

In addition, from 1999-2001, Glenn was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Building Services Engineering, Hong Kong

    Polytechnic University. His research concerned daylighting and ventilation potentials for high-rise housing, in relation to regulating building design in the context of Hong Kong.

About US Green Building Council :


    Round Table Discussion on

    Health Outcomes vs. Sustainability Labelling Using LEED

    REPLY SLIP (Please reply by 5 May 2005)

    To : HKIA Secretariat, 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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     Notes: Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. No confirmation will be issued for your reservation, but we will contact you if no places can be allocated to you. As soon as the event is full, a full-house announcement with a name-list of the participants who have enrolled to the event would be posted on the Headlines section on the Institute’s website’s at No refund will be made under any circumstances. Participation in this event will satisfy HKIA-CPD requirements. **The complimentary CPD seminar coupons were sent to 731 members on 21 January 2005 by mail as a token of thanks for their timely response to the HKIA e-communication exercise by 31 December 2004.




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