Research at IWBI: Introducing our newest department

Research at IWBI: Introducing our newest department

Thursday, June 28, 2018
/ By:
Angela Loder

Research

IWBI's newest department: Research

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has always balanced a strong evidence-base with market readiness and feasibility to deliver the cutting edge WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), including its latest iteration, the WELL v2™ pilot. Building on this momentum, in November 2017, IWBI hired its first dedicated research team member Dr. Angela Loder, Vice President, Research, to lead research efforts at IWBI. In her role, Dr. Loder is responsible for identifying, directing and managing evidence-based research that supports WELL. She is also responsible for outreach, developing and managing a research agenda for the next 2-5 years and developing collaborations and case studies. As a research scientist, strategic planner, and educator, Dr. Loder brings over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary research and partnerships around occupant health, well-being and the built and natural environment. To read more about Dr. Loder click here.

Key activities of the research department in 2018

So far...

  • Reviewed and evaluated WELL Rating System v2 for evidence, coherence and transparency.

  • Updated survey requirements and collaborative partnerships with survey providers for v2. 

  • Overseeing the linking of public health data to WELL features using Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). This data will be featured in a series of 17 Country Briefs to be released in 2018 and will be included in the new customized scorecards for registered projects.

Upcoming initiatives...

  • Increased presence of research on wellcertified.com/articles.

  • Creation of interactive research resource supporting WELL v2 Features for diverse stakeholders.

  • Formation of a research advisory and nurturing research collaborations and identifying key priorities.

  • Development of a 2-5 year research agenda for IWBI, including the identification of research gaps and opportunities that might impact WELL.

New research content channel

IWBI is excited to announce that our articles hub has been revamped with improved search and tag features to help you more easily find the pieces that matter most to you. If research is what matters most to you, you’re in luck! The articles hub also includes a new research channel. Here, you'll find regular updates on research highlights and emerging trends for each of the ten WELL concepts, coverage of the evidence behind WELL and how to evaluate and talk about this research, articles on new and exciting trends in healthy buildings research and coverage of new partnerships, case studies, and initiatives.

In her role with IWBI, Dr. Angela Loder is responsible for identifying, directing, and managing evidenced-based research that supports the WELL Building Standard. As a research scientist, strategic planner, and educator, Dr. Loder brings over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary research and partnerships around occupant health, well-being, and the built and natural environment.