IES april Monthly Meeting

LEED vs. WELL - How Healthy Can a Building Really Be?

April 17, 2019

When: 6-9 pm

Where: BWI Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


About the Presentation

Can a building really be ‘healthy’? Can the materials and processes utilized in construction make for a more nourishing interior environment? Can it help make a healthier planet?

This session will explore two of the common building standards to help us answer these questions. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has been around since 1994 and most in the design and construction community are familiar with it. LEED is a points- based rating systems utilizing multiple categories to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. A project achieves different levels of LEED certification based on total points earned. LEED has encouraged significant market transformation over the last 20+ years.

The WELL Building Standard is a much newer building certification, started in 2014. It is the first rating system to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. Unlike LEED, WELL is a performance-based system. WELL is more focused on human health and well-being, and uses evidence-based research and construction best practices to support human health and well-being. WELL explores the connection between the buildings where we spend nearly all of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. WELL Certification is determined by onsite performance verification and documentation.

This session will explore the similarities and differences between LEED and WELL. Join us as we break down the scoring systems of both standards and give you the tools you need to make the right choice to create your healthy building.

About the Presenter

Bill O’Connell, LC, LEED AP - William “Bill” O’Connell is a Specification Regional Sales Manager for Eaton’s Lighting Division, formerly known as Cooper Lighting. He is responsible for sales of specification lighting products to customers in the Mid-Atlantic. O’Connell also serves as a technical resource for Eaton’s Rep Agencies in the region as well as lighting designers, engineering firms and end users, educating them on new lighting products and technologies.

O’Connell began his career with OSRAM SYLVANIA in 1994 at their automotive lighting plant in Indiana as an Optical Engineer designing optical systems for car headlamps, tail lamps and turn signals. After transferring to OSRAM SYLVANIA’s general lighting division halogen lamp plant in Kentucky, O’Connell was awarded two patents in 1998, one technical and one design, for the design of SYLVANIA’s SPL optical system which shapes a halogen PAR lamp’s light to provide a more even, high quality distribution across a broad area.

After a brief return to automotive design, O’Connell joined OSRAM SYLVANIA’s marketing team for halogen in 2001, going on to hold positions in application engineering and product marketing working with incandescent, halogen and fluorescent sources.

In 2008, O’Connell moved out into the field with OSRAM SYLVNIA as a Commercial Engineer calling on lighting designers, end users, distributors, utilities and other lighting influencers, as well as providing technical support to field sales personnel throughout the Mid-Atlantic – a position he held until 2017 when he joined Eaton.

Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), O’Connell is also LEED AP certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America, and regularly presents on lighting applications and advances, light sources, legislation and regulation, among other topics.

O’Connell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Optics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a minor in Computer Science and a German Technical Translators Certificate.