Monday, February 27, 2017
Development benefitting from industry, user expertise
NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2017) – The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today reported on the progress of development of the WELL Community Standard™, noting that its Working Group Members and contributors are providing the kind of industry perspective that bodes well for the standard’s global uptake. The WELL Community Standard will be a district-scale rating system centered exclusively on health and wellness and aims to set a new global benchmark for healthy communities. The pilot is planned to be launched later this year.
The development of the WELL Community Standard focuses on evidence-based research and understanding requirements for community health and wellness to derive appropriate, actionable strategies and interventions. WELL Community Standard Working Group Members and contributors have been instrumental in refining program operations and providing expert content recommendations for community features, parts and requirements as well as other market feedback and review throughout the development process. They include Arup, Gale International, Issy Coeur de Ville, Hart Howerton, HKS, McLennan Design, Shanghai UBPA and the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tropicana Field Conceptual Master Plan Project in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the U.S. Green Building Council, in addition to a host of subject matter experts in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and engineering.
“Our distinguished Working Group members have been in the vanguard of leaders helping us take the next step in the healthy building movement as we take the WELL Building Standard to the community level,” said Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of IWBI. “Their insight has been invaluable, and we are looking forward to sharing the resulting product with the broader market when we officially launch the WELL Community Standard later this year.”
The WELL Community Standard will build on the existing principles and foundation of IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact human health and wellness through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind, and will also incorporate features specific to new urban-scale categories. So far, WELL has seen rapid expansion since its launch, with over 350 projects registered or certified encompassing over 73 million square feet in 28 countries worldwide.
The IWBI team is looking forward to sharing the pilot with the WELL community later this summer. To be the first to know when the pilot opens for registration sign up here:Community Standard Updates