By Paul Scialla and Rick Fedrizzi
The built environment is so much more than just the physical structures around us. It consists of the homes, offices, schools and spaces where we spend the majority of our lives, raise our families, and come together with our communities. We spend 90 percent of our time in these places, and changing the way we build and maintain them has the potential to have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.
That’s why we are so excited for Rick to bring his decades of experience leading USGBC and his global vision to IWBI. Both organizations have spent years connecting the real estate, architecture and design communities in an effort to improve people’s lives through the built environment, and we believe that this effort to enhance human health is just beginning.
Since the LEED standard was unveiled in 2000, it has become the global green building rating system of choice for environmentally sound building, with more than 75,000 LEED projects in 162 countries and territories worldwide. We believe the WELL Building Standard (WELL) can achieve similar growth.
To date, WELL has been adopted in over 200 projects in 21 countries spanning over 45 million square feet. We know we can build on this momentum and continue expanding the healthy building movement worldwide. This will mean growing in markets from the U.S. and Canada to China, India and Australia where industry professionals are working to raise standards and educate the public about ways the buildings and communities can positively impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
As we grow, we will proudly continue IWBI’s work as a public benefit corporation, and will expand on our commitment to direct 51 percent of select net profits, after taxes, toward charitable contributions and impact investment focused on health, wellness and the built environment. We firmly believe that the work IWBI is doing is the future of the healthy building movement, and that IWBI’s accomplishments over the coming decades will build a lasting legacy of which we can all be proud.
Paul and Rick