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Health and Physical Activity in Green Buildings LEED CE Course

green building healthHealth and Physical Activity in Green Buildings” describes how physically active indoor environments can bring health and wellness to occupants. By incorporating activity with sustainable design, building occupants may reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and obesity. 

Taught by Baani Singh, a designer and implementer of LEED-certified physical activity strategies in green building, the course reviews the health impacts of design, past and present, along with strategies for creating physically active environments and urban design strategies.

Health and Physical Activity in Green Buildings explores creating walkable spaces, which can increase physical activity by 35-161%, by implenting strategies including making stairs visible, incorporating on-site gardens, providing bike sharing programs, enticing occupants with artwork in stairwells, providing exercise facilities and making stairs at least 20% wider than code dictates. 

The course also examines the obesity epidemic and chronic diseases in the United States, as well as initiatives to solve these significant health problems. The course will explain the synergies of cost, sustainability, universal design, and LEED.  Based on her own experience, Singh will explain the potential LEED Innovation in Design and pilot credits for physical activity.

The course also includes case studies of physically active buildings, including the Forest House by Steven Winters Architects, Riverside Health Center in NYC by 1100 Architect and Atelier Ten, the David Zwirner Gallery in NYC by Selldorf Architects and Atelier Ten, and the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in California by Perkins + Will.

At the end of the course, there is a short quiz.  Once you pass this quiz, you can submit 1.5 non-LEED specific continuing education hours to GBCI.


  • CE Hours: 1.5 (90 Minutes)
  • Level: 100

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the health impacts of design, past and present
  2. Review strategies for creating physically active environments
  3. Understand the synergies between cost, sustainability, LEED and physical activity
  4. Understand how LEED Innovation in Design and Pilot Credits for physical activity work
  5. Review case studies of green buildings that have implemented physical activity strategies

About the Instructor:

Baani SinghBaani is a progressive professional with over 11 years of experience in Sustainability, Project Management, Interior Design & Architecture. Baani is LEED AP BD+C and NCIDQ certified.

She is a Board Member with USGBC the upstate NY Chapter, chair of the AIA ENY COTE committee and past Board Member of IDLNY. She is also teaches at SAGE college in upstate NY. Baani recently completed projects with the City of NY and a non-for-profit on Active Design and Sustainable Districts. Baani is the Principal Owner of D2D Green Interiors and has experience working in the USA, Canada and India. Before D2D, She has worked with CSArch Architects, Keystone Architects and Jarmel Kizel Architects in USA.


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