Upcoming Event

How Healthy Can a Building Really Be?
Presented by: Michelle Prew — Central Regional Specification Manager, Eaton Lighting


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 system 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 plus 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.


Like 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.


Our speaker, Michelle Prew, is the Central Regional Specification Manager for Eaton’s Lighting Business. Michelle began her career as an electrical consultant and spent 16 years as a specifier before moving into a sales role. In her 16 years with Eaton (formerly Cooper), Prew has been the go-to resource for lighting product solutions within her territory. Shelly is an active participant in the lighting community and has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) since 1995. She is a long-standing member of several IES committees and has served in numerous sectional, regional, and national roles. Michelle is currently serving as the Midwest Regional Director on the IES National Board.


  • When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • Registration & lunch buffet: 11:30 a.m.

  • Program: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

  • Sponsor: Cleveland IES

  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Cleveland
    1100 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

  • Cost: $30

  • RSVP by: Tuesday, January 22


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IES Jan 2019


Mike Confer, Treasurer