The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), which is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Public benefit corporations like IWBI are an emerging type of U.S. structure for corporations committed to balancing public benefits with profitability—harnessing the power of private capital for greater good. IWBI was launched by Delos in 2013, following a Clinton Global Initiative commitment by Delos founder Paul Scialla to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing WELL globally. IWBI offers WELL Building Certification, plus the newly launched WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) program. IWBI also has an array of supporting resources and publications about the WELL Building Standard and other educational opportunities. Fulfilling the vision of IWBI founder Paul Scialla, IWBI has a pioneering altruistic capitalism model that will address social responsibility and demonstrate a sustainable model for philanthropy. IWBI has committed to direct 51 percent of net profits, after taxes, generated by registration fees, certification fees and recertification fees received from real estate projects applying for WELL Certification toward charitable contributions and impact investment focused on health, wellness and the built environment.

WELL Development Process

The WELL Building Standard is the product of seven years of research and development consulting, with a three-phase expert peer review process encompassing a scientific, practitioner, and medical review. WELL was developed by integrating scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioral factors, health outcomes and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design and management. WELL also references existing standards and best practice guidelines set by governmental and professional organizations where available, in order to harmonize and clarify existing thresholds and requirements. WELL was launched in October 2014 following the completion of the comprehensive expert peer review, and WELL is third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which administers LEED certification and the LEED professional credentialing program. This relationship assures that WELL works seamlessly with LEED. Research shows that wellness can be a very personal experience. WELL is a comprehensive set of Features that cover the various individual needs of building occupants while also building a common foundation for measuring wellness in the built environment.

IWBI Advisory Council

The purpose of IWBI’s Advisory Council is to represent diverse stakeholder perspectives and to provide guidance on the ongoing development and review process of WELL, as well as the market advancement of WELL and related programs both domestically and globally, including professional education and the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) program. The Advisory Council represents the following perspectives: Health and Wellness, Sustainable Design, Global Standards and Certification, Public Health, Professional Education, Equity and Affordability, Real Estate, Technology, Philanthropy, and Policy.