INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE
Introducing the WELL Building Standard
The WELL Building Standard is revolutionizing the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being. Covering seven core concepts of health and hundreds of features, WELL is a flexible building standard and represents the future of modern design. WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally.
WELL is an independently verified, performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. WELL is also the first building standard to focus exclusively on the human health and wellness in our built environment.
WELL Certified™ and WELL Core and Shell Compliant™ spaces can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, productivity and performance of its occupants. WELL is composed of over 100 Features that are applied to each building project. Each WELL Feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behavior.
WELL provides a framework for project teams to incorporate a variety of strategies to integrate human health and well-being at the heart of building design, construction and operations. WELL also allows project teams to innovate and transform the way humans can interact with the buildings and spaces they live in. WELL allows people to connect with buildings.
If you consider the life of a building over 30 years, personnel costs significantly outweigh any other building and operational cost. By introducing WELL into built spaces, we can significantly reduce personnel costs — health, medical and productivity — in the long run. Clearly long term value can be generated by addressing occupant health in both commercial and residential spaces.
LEAD WITH WELL
Wellness is the next trillion dollar industry. WELL can help you play an integral role and reap the following benefits:
• PRIORITIZE HEALTH: We spend about 90% of our time indoors, and our physical environment impacts our health more than lifestyle, medical care and genetics. For companies, investing in people and helping to improve their physical and mental health is common sense: 90% of corporate expenses are tied to salary and benefits, which means the ROI of healthier and happier employees extends to cost-savings, too.
• TAKE A VERIFIED APPROACH: WELL has been vetted through a comprehensive, expert peer review process spanning scientific, practitioner and medical phases – and reflects up-to-date, verified knowledge in the health and wellness sector. The WELL differentiator is performance verification: a data-driven, on-site, third-party assessment of your project to ensure compliance with the standard.
• MEET YOUR GOALS: After meeting required preconditions in WELL, select from optional optimization features to advance the healthy building strategies that are most important to you. WELL works in conjunction with global green building rating systems like LEED, BREEAM, GreenStar and Living Building Challenge to enhance building performance for human health and our environment – which we know are intrinsically linked.
WELL CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The WELL Building Standard can be applied across many real estate sectors. WELL is further organized into project typologies which take into account the specific set of considerations that are unique to a particular building type or phase of construction.
REGISTRATION: WELL Certification begins with registration through WELL Online, an online platform designed to take projects through the WELL certification process from start to finish.
DOCUMENTATION: Documentation is required prior to final certification review.
PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION: A series of onsite post-occupancy performance tests known as Performance Verification occurs.
CERTIFICATION: WELL Certification recognizes that the project has successfully documented compliance with all features and passed Performance Verification.
RECERTIFICATION: Recertification, which must be completed after three years, ensures that the project maintains the same high level of design, maintenance and operations over time. For Core and Shell projects, no recertification is required.
WELL CERTIFICATION LEVELS
WELL Certification allows building owners and employers to know their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI®) provides third-party certification for WELL.
WELL ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL (WELL AP™) CREDENTIAL
The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential is an advanced credential intended for experienced building professionals. The WELL AP ensures to the public, building owners and other building professionals that the credential holder has demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the WELL Building Standard.
Learn more about the WELL AP credential and instructional opportunities at their website
Contact OHPD to find out what we can do in alignment with the WELL Building Standard.
Visit the International WELL Building Standard website to find out more about the program they offer, helping us all reach a Carbon-Neutral society.