IWBI Announces Enhanced Options to the WELL Building Standard

IWBI Announces Enhanced Options to the WELL Building Standard

24 Sep 2015

Market feedback prompts simplifications and additional clarifications to WELL

New York, NY (Sept. 24, 2015) – Today, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) announced enhanced options to its WELL Building Standard® (WELL) v1. As part of the development process, IWBI collects feedback from early users of WELL and has announced enhanced options to the standard that offer simplifications, language enhancements and additional clarifications to certain Feature requirements.

WELL is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. WELL was developed in collaboration with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals.

“Our buildings, homes and communities have a profound impact on our health, wellbeing, happiness and productivity,” said IWBI Founder Paul Scialla. “Incorporating market feedback into WELL lets us make the building standard as practical and useful as possible for users. Our built environment shapes our habits and choices, regulates our sleep-wake cycle, drives us toward healthy and unhealthy choices, and passively influences our health through the quality of our surroundings.”

As part of the enhancements, WELL typologies have been renamed:

  • New and Existing Buildings has been renamed from New Construction.  
  • New and Existing Interiors has been renamed from Tenant Improvement.
  • Performance Verification, formerly WELL Commissioning, differentiates WELL from other programs and ensures through onsite testing that the health and wellness requirements in WELL are being delivered.

The enhanced options fall into four categories: 1) organization of requirements focused on better usability, 2) simplification based on user feedback including additional options to provide more flexibility in achieving the feature requirements, 3) addition of new requirements to the standard to strengthen the system and 4) clarification, or minor adjustments to improve some of the language.

Newly registering WELL projects will automatically be registered to use the enhanced options. Previously registered projects that are in the WELL certification process can opt to use any, or all, of the WELL Features but will not be required to do so.  

Nine additional requirements have been added to WELL. The requirements were collected from extensive peer review of WELL v1 and represent international best practice in health and the built environment. A side-by-side comparison is available so that projects currently pursuing WELL can understand any changes.

View examples of the enhanced options and frequently asked questions

WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing.

“WELL is positioned on the leading edge of health, wellness and design in the building movement,” added Scialla.

The WELL system can be applied across many real estate sectors. WELL v1 is optimized for commercial and institutional office buildings. Pilot standards are also available for multifamily residential, educational facilities, retail, restaurant and commercial kitchen.

For more information on WELL or to download the standard and certification guidebook, please visit wellcertified.com/standard.

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. Public benefit corporations like IWBI are an emerging U.S. structure for corporations committed to balancing public benefits with profitability – harnessing the power of private capital for greater good. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) – a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work, and learn in them. 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 was established by Delos in 2013 pursuant to a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing the WELL Building Standard globally. WELLcertified.com

About the WELL Building Standard®

The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work, and learn in the buildings. WELL focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard is grounded in evidence-based medical research that demonstrates the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. The WELL Building Standard is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). WELLcertified.com