Sustainable Buildings Case Study

In response to our 2016 case study report, Building the Business Case – which was a huge success with exposure to over 3 million people, more than fifty press mentions, and over 8,000 downloads - we have started the process to develop a new case study report, to be released in March 2018.

The Expressions of Interest for case studies closed on 4 July 2017, with 60 submissions. The submissions were judged on the quality of the health and wellbeing-outcome data and its connection with the indoor environment, how people felt in that space, and their productivity and economic output in those spaces. The top 15 submissions have now been chosen and we are working on developing the full case studies.

We’d like to thank our case study report sponsors, Land Securities and Delta Development, for their commitment to showcasing the best healthy and green buildings globally and taking up the cause themselves in their own projects.

For more information on the guidelines for 2017 submissions, see the document here. For those of you who missed the 2017 submissions, we'll be opening up the Expressions of Interest again in early 2018.

For any questions relating these reports or for sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 report, please contact Jonathan Laski at 

See below for existing case studies from the Better Places for People project.

Oakland currently offers formal City recognition of green buildings. With the adoption of a green building ordinance that sets minimum requirements, projects must now achieve or exceed either a LEED Gold rating through the U.S. Green Building Council or 75 points through Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program. Since 2009, the Oakland City Council has recognized twenty (20) projects that have met or exceeded high green performance. These Oakland projects include one of the first LEED for Neighborhood Development projects certified under the pilot program, the first single-family home with dual LEED and GreenPoint rated certification, the first project to meet a LEED Platinum rating and a multi-family affordable housing project that achieved 167 points, the highest GreenPoint Rating, ever, for a multifamily building to date (2010).

The case studies are divided into five categories: residential, commercial, historic, neighborhoods, and civic projects. The information in the case studies include a project summary, green building features, environmental savings, green building rating, and project team members. Check back each year for the next round of recognized Oakland green buildings and case studies.


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