WELL Tip: Streamlined certification pathway for unique projects

WELL Tip: Streamlined certification pathway for unique projects

Friday, March 1, 2019
/ By:
Melissa Wrolstad & Shalini Ramesh

One of our core beliefs that guides much of our work on the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) is that a standard focused on health should be accessible and applicable by all. Access to spaces that optimize our health and mental well-being is a fundamental human right.

With the launch of the WELL v2™ pilot in May of 2018, the pathway to WELL Certification has incorporated many refinements and enhancements, including the consolidation of multiple pilots and the “all projects in” pathway into a single standard. All of these efforts are designed to unite WELL’s diverse and flexible options for a variety of project types - a workstream we affectionately refer to as moving toward “one WELL.”  WELL v2 is designed to grow in specificity and specialty over time, adapt to accommodate diverse project types and geographies, and respond to new evidence and ever-evolving public health imperatives.

The International WELL Buildling Institute (IWBI) has introduced a new functionality that allows projects to request guidance for WELL v2 feature requirements to accommodate unique spaces.

What is considered a unique project?

A unique project has one or more unique spaces types or unique occupancy types, defined as:

  • Unique space type: A space type that is not included in a typical office, multi-family residential, retail, commercial kitchen or restaurant project.  

  • Unique occupant type: An occupant type that is not included in a typical office, multi-family residential, retail, commercial kitchen or restaurant project.

My project is a unique project - What are the steps for my project to achieve WELL Certification?

STEP 1: Create a WELL v2 custom scorecard (same as a typical WELL v2 project) by following steps outlined in this article.

Once officially registered, the project team will gain access to WELL’s robust project tools, dedicated coaching team and technical resources to evaluate new strategies, adopt WELL requirements and continue to evolve their scorecard selections.

STEP 2: Identify the unique space types and / or unique occupant types in your project. Review the project’s custom scorecard and identify any feature requirement(s) that may require modifications to work for your project’s unique space/occupancy type(s).

STEP 3: Request guidance through the WELL Online functionality available in the “Alternatives” section under the feature part.

  1. If you encounter any feature/feature part where the requirement threshold does not clearly address a unique space type(s) / occupant type(s) in your project, you can request that IWBI provide threshold guidance for the unique space space type(s) / occupant type(s).
  2. If you encounter any feature/feature part where the applicability of the requirement is unclear for a unique space type(s) / occupant type(s) within your project, you can request that IWBI provide applicability guidance for the unique space space type(s) / occupant type(s).

Once the request for guidance has been submitted, the additional guidance will be posted within the project’s WELL online scorecard under the feature part requirement within 10 - 15 business days.

STEP 4: Use the additional guidance posted.

What are the core benefits of the “one WELL” approach?

  1. Unique projects get a streamlined and unified scorecard development approach which is similar to other WELL v2 project types.

  2. Project teams can request threshold and/or applicability guidance for a unique space/occupancy type(s) within their project.

Below are examples for seeking additional guidance.

Example 1:

The project space type(s) include healthcare and is seeking threshold guidance for Part 1- Ensure adequate ventilation of Feature A03: Ventilation Effectiveness.

Example 2:

The project space type(s) includes healthcare and is seeking applicability guidance for Part 2: Provide Supplemental Lighting of Feature L08: Occupant Control of Lighting.

Example 3:

The project space type(s) includes a daycare and is seeking applicability guidance for Part 1: Commit to Mental Health Promotion of Feature M01: Mental Health Promotion, for occupants ages between 0-5 years.

 

Have questions? Please reach out to your WELL coaching contact or feel free to contact us at coaching@wellcertified.com.


If your project is currently a unique project registered under WELL v1™, not currently enrolled in the WELL v1 All projects in certification pathway and not able to upgrade to WELL v2, please contact us at coaching@wellcertified.com for guidance.