WELL Building Standard Introduced in China

WELL Building Standard Introduced in China

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
/ By:
Jamie Matos

WELL Certification

A performance-based standard to improve the health and wellbeing of Chinese Complements green building rating systems, LEED and Three Star

Beijing, China (March 24, 2015) – Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) formally introduced the WELL Building Standard in China. WELL is a system that focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. WELL, which complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star and BREEAM, has come forward at a time of increased environmental awareness among the Chinese people who are looking for solutions to improve quality of life.

“Our world today is confronting massive health challenges that are assaulting our complete physical, mental and social wellbeing,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As these challenges continue to mount, all of us have an obligation to be more purposeful when addressing how human health relates to our built environment. The WELL certification program is a powerful way to accelerate better, healthier buildings throughout China.”

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness of the people in them, WELL certification allows building owners and employers to know their space is designed to promote health and wellbeing and is performing as intended. “We think there is a great market opportunity in China for companies to be at the forefront of healthy building practices,” said Paul Scialla, founder of the International WELL Building Institute.

“We are excited by the strong interest and demand we have already received from companies and projects that are interested in WELL certification and merging together best practices in environmental and human sustainability.” GBCI, as the official certifying body of both WELL and LEED, will successfully integrate the certification and credentialing processes of both systems to help project teams efficiently deliver on both their environmental and human health goals. WELL can be applied across all building types and version 1.0 of WELL is currently optimized for commercial and institutional projects.

For more information about the WELL Building Standard, visit www.wellcertified.com. For more information about GBCI, visit www.gbci.org.

About GBCI GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green building industry performance and practice globally and ensuring global competitiveness and reduced environmental impact through its voluntary certification and credentialing standards. Established in 2008, GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. For more information, visit gbci.org.

About the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) 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. corporate structure for corporations committed to balancing public benefits with profitability – harnessing the power of private capital for greater good. IWBI currently offers WELL Building Certification, and in 2015 will launch professional education, supporting publications, and the WELL Accredited Professional program. 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 founded by Delos pursuant to 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 the WELL Building Standard globally. ###

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