Currently in its pilot phase, the WELL Building Standard focuses on the health and wellness impacts that buildings have on occupants. Areas of concentration, or “concepts,” are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
The standard lays out optimal conditions for each in an effort to encourage a holistic, integrated approach to sustainability. In addition to the concepts, target health areas that the standard intends to address have been identified: focus, energy, form, sleep, stress, longevity, development, beauty, vitality, resilience, and alignment.
WELL certification is awarded at one of three levels: blue, silver, or gold. Certification requires that a building meet all preconditions for the seven concepts. Buildings must also undergo on-site air and water testing and other post-occupancy assessments. Reassessment is needed every three years in order to maintain certification.
The standard can be applied to a variety of building types, including commercial tenant spaces, existing commercial buildings, hospitality, sports facilities, restaurants, and residential buildings. Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and certified through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), it works in conjunction with LEED, Living Building Challenge, and other green building certifications.
To find out more about this certification, visit the WELL Building Standard website, which includes:
- Pilot projects
- Project categories
- Enrollment interest form