WELL: January 2017 addenda update

WELL: January 2017 addenda update

Thursday, January 19, 2017
/ By:
Rachel Gutter

WELL Certification

The IWBI team is pleased to kick off the New Year with the January 2017 quarterly WELL Building Standard v1 addenda:

Addenda are changes and improvements to the WELL Building Standard to help clarify, correct, interpret or provide alternative language for requirements. Learn more about our addenda process and timeline. Among the addenda updates this quarter, we are excited to introduce three instances of updated & streamlined terminology throughout the WELL Building Standard, to better align with the marketplace and create a simplified user experience.

  • Typology is now “project type”
  • International equivalency is now “equivalency”
  • Letter of appeal is now “appeal”

We have also clarified components of the WELL Core & Shell project type, including recertification and applicability. We’ve included more information below on key components of the January 2017 addenda release. To learn more about the addenda process and details surrounding the technical changes included in this round, register for one of our upcoming webinars on Jan. 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. ET or 7 p.m. ET.

  • Register for the Jan. 24, 11 a.m. ET webinar
  • Register for the Jan. 24, 7 p.m. ET webinar

Have questions? Registered projects can reach out to their WELL Assessor, and all others should contact the technical team behind WELL at technical@wellcertified.com. Thank you for your ongoing support of the WELL Building Standard and your contributions to its development.

January 2017 addenda highlights: Interpretations Two interpretations have been included in this release:

  • Core & Shell scope added as Appendix I
  • Clarification on how co-working spaces can pursue WELL

Alternative Adherence Paths and Equivalencies Eight new Alternative Adherence Paths have been published for the following features:

  • Feature 4 (VOC reduction)
  • Feature 6 (Microbe and mold control)
  • Feature 19 (Operable windows)
  • Feature 24 (Combustion minimization)
  • Feature 54 (Circadian lighting design)
  • Feature 65 (Activity incentive program)
  • Feature 69 (Active transportation support)
  • Feature 76 (Thermal comfort)

20 equivalencies have been published for the following regions:

  • 2 Global
  • 12 for Eastern Asia
  • 1 for Australia
  • 2 for North America
  • 3 for Europe

Corrections 11 corrections have been included in the January 2017 addenda. Highlights include:

  • Feature 86 (Post-Occupancy Surveys) has been updated to clarify that survey responses must be received by at least 30% of employees.
  • Feature 9 (Cleaning Protocol) has been updated to include Part 1e, which requires the cleaning plan to address requirements surrounding cleaning equipment and training.
  • WELL Core and Shell recertification requirements have been clarified. In order to maintain a current certification and to verify that a WELL Certified building continues to perform in accordance with the requirements of the WELL Building Standard, the Core and Shell project would need to apply for recertification every three years.

Performance Verification Guidebook Two updates have been made to the Performance Verification guidebook:

  • NIOSH 2016M, NIOSH 2016, NIOSH 3500, EPA TO-11, ASTM D5197, and EPA Compendium Method IP-6 are now permitted methodologies for measuring Formaldehyde under Feature 1 (Air quality standards)
  • NIOSH 2549 and EPA TO-15 are now permitted methodologies for measuring Total VOCs under Feature 1 (Air quality standards)