Postmortem: Are Rating Systems Really Working?

Session Title: Postmortem: Are Rating Systems Really Working?
Educational Track: Practice
Session Code: TH0619
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs/HSW

Sustainability rating systems tend to either draw frustration or excitement. Join us to review the historical context, focus areas, components and real-world examples of success, hindsight moments and challenges of three such rating systems, LEED, Passive House and Living Building Challenge. 

With the stage set for each rating system the presenters will demonstrate and draw conclusions between them concentrating on how they operate, their limitations, and why they are important or irrelevant. 

Time will be spent on how to improve these rating systems and when to simply walk away from them. They will also discuss the role of professional organizations and where we, as practitioners, go from here. 

Don’t just listen to this presentation, prepare for what might be heated dialogue & discussion!

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history, similarities, differences and focus areas of rating systems discussed (LEED, Passive House, SITES, LBC),
  • Assess which strategies can be applied from each rating system for benefit in their project,
  • Gain insights into the design, execution and operations of LEED, PH, SITES and LBC projects and their potential synergies when pursuing the rating systems goals,
  • Guide their clients to pursue the right sustainable approaches given the project conditions and improve performance outcomes.

Content Leader:

Scott Kelly, AIA

Principal, Re:Vision Architecture, Philadelphia, PA