Your guide to Q3 2017 addenda


Your guide to Q3 2017 addenda

Friday, July 28, 2017
/ By:
Rachel Gutter

WELL Certification

We’re pleased to announce the release of the Q3 2017 addenda to our community. After a comprehensive Q2 addenda cycle that included a multitude of changes to the WELL Building Standard, we focused the majority of this cycle on releasing equivalencies, tools and resources to help streamline and improve the WELL Certification process.

Addenda are changes and improvements to the WELL Building Standard to help clarify, amend, interpret or provide alternative language for requirements.

Among the changes included in this addenda release, we’re pleased to introduce:

  • Amendments, equivalencies and other new options that make it more feasible for projects outside of the U.S. and across the world to achieve WELL Certification.

  • Clarifications to language within the standard, and supporting documents to address points of confusion expressed by our community of WELL users and reviewers.

  • Tools and supporting documents to make your WELL Certification process smoother.

We’ve included an overview below on key components of the Q3 2017 addenda release. You can use this as a handy guide to share and communicate addenda updates with your project team, clients or colleagues.

To learn more about the WELL addenda process and the technical changes included in the Q3 2017 addenda release, we invite you to join us for one of our upcoming webcasts on August 3 and 4.

Have questions? Registered projects can reach out to their WELL Assessor, and all others should contact the technical team behind WELL at

Thank you for working alongside us to improve WELL. Your guidance is essential to our success. Please continue to provide your thoughts and feedback as we strive to improve your WELL experience.

Q3 2017 addenda highlights:

Alternative Adherence Paths

New alternative adherence paths, to provide new pathways for project teams:

  • Feature 99 (Beauty and Design II) - Allows a project to use lower ceiling heights for kitchens that do not have a large footprint.

  • Features 101-105 (Innovation) - Provides guidelines to project teams looking to achieve the Innovation feature for WELL tours. Details have been provided on the educational component to be included in the innovation proposal.

  • Feature 69 (Active Transportation Support) - Due to the popularity of bike sharing services in large cities, project teams may now include docking stations provided by these services toward the bike storage requirements of this feature.


Equivalencies have been published for the following regions:


Below are some highlights from 2017 Q3 addenda:

  • Nourishment

    • Feature 44 - Amended to remove micronutrient content requirements to accommodate varying micronutrient information availability in different countries.

    • Feature 47 - Amended to include positive messaging for serving sizes.

  • Light

    • Feature 54 - Added greater specificity regarding measurement points to advise lighting designers.

  • Fitness

    • Feature 65 - Clarified of AAPs to harmonize all AAPs with the current feature language.

  • Mind

    • Feature 93 - Clarified of requirement for nursing mothers to include access to a private room during nursing breaks.

  • Appendix D

    • Provided further description of policy documents and operations schedule.

Performance Verification Guidebook

  • Added details on performance verification for multifamily residential.

Supporting documentation

We are releasing tools to make documentation submission easier: