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Elevated Sustainable Design = Design for People


Session Description

Using real project experiences at Toyota and BHDP, we will share specific examples of buildings that demonstrate the best approach is not necessarily limited to chasing LEED or WELL points; but rather, taking a broader view that focuses on the people and communities in and around the building/site. By being more intentional in the design process, organizations can have more success in impacting the health, well-being, and productivity of their people; and ultimately, the planet.

We will explore how to make sure future designs truly aspire to consume less energy and water, reduce the life-cycle environmental impact of the materials used and provide a reduction in operating costs, with the end result being an elevated Promise to “Design for People” with spaces and experiences that promote the health of People and the Planet. 

Connection to Theme

"High Performance Buildings" is a broad term to many, so this presentation will focus on what sustainability means through the lens of the people that inhabit the building as well as its impact on the surrounding community.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn:

  • A process to help your organization plan a building design that will achieve sustainability goals.
  • How to identify potential barriers and overcome obstacles to achieve the certification level you desire.
  • Better understanding of the sustainable priorities for a people-centric design.



Daniel Lessing, LEED AP BD+C, CEM
Client Leader
BHDP Architecture

For the past 16 years I worked for Toyota leading the construction of buildings and plants throughout North America.  I led our team from site selection through certificate of occupancy for everything from offices, manufacturing plants, and R&D laboratories including the new LEED Platinum office buildings in Georgetown, KY. and Ann Arbor, MI.  In my role at BHDP, I am leveraging my own experiences to help deliver exceptional owner experiences and to achieve owner’s business needs.  I am now taking my expertise in highly sustainable, technical, design and construction and applying it to a multitude of clients.