Your guide to Q3 2018 addenda

Your guide to Q3 2018 addenda

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
/ By:
Soyoung Hwang

Summer is already sailing by, but we’ve been hard at work on the Q3 2018 WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) addenda. The Q2 addenda cycle published feature language clarifications, over 20 equivalencies, and new guidebooks for the WELL Community Standard. This cycle includes 22 equivalencies, new addenda for WELL Guidebooks, and even further clarifications to feature language for the WELL Building Standard and WELL Community Standard™ pilot, including the very first addenda changes to the WELL v2 pilot.

Addenda are changes and improvements to WELL to help clarify, amend, interpret or provide alternative language for requirements. We allow projects to upgrade any individual feature to any version of the addenda that occurred after their registration date.

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

  • Amendments, equivalencies and alternative adherence paths that make it more feasible for projects to achieve WELL Certification.

  • Clarifications to language in the WELL Building Standard, including WELL v1 and WELL v2 pilot, and in the WELL Building Standard pilot programs, including the WELL Community Standard, to address questions and points of confusion raised by the WELL user community.

  • Clarifying changes to language in the WELL Performance Verification Guidebook and the WELL Certification Guidebook.

We’ve included an overview below on key components of the Q3 2018 addenda release. To learn more about the addenda process and the changes included in this round, please join us for our upcoming webcast on Wednesday, August 22nd:

Have questions? Registered projects can reach out to their WELL coaching contact, and all others should contact the technical team behind WELL at technical@wellcertified.com.

Thank you for working alongside us to shape the evolution of WELL. Your feedback is essential to our success.

Q3 2018 addenda highlights:

Alternative adherence paths

New alternative adherence paths to provide new pathways for project teams, all for WELL v1, including:

  • Feature 26 (Enhanced Material Safety): Projects may now meet Feature 26 Part 1 through the application of REACH Optimization.

  • Feature 40 (Food Allergies): For Feature 40 Part 1, in lieu of allergen labeling, projects may have food allergen experts on their staff. All kitchen, cafeteria or similar staff should have the option to participate in allergen training at no cost and at least one trained staff member must be present at all shifts to prompt individuals to report any potential allergies to staff.

  • Feature 82 (Individual Thermal Comfort): Offers three alternative pathways for projects to meet Feature 82 Part 1 and 2: adjust operative temperature by +/- 1.5 °C per 4.05 m [13.28 ft] zone edge dimension, provide occupants the ability to set their preferred zone temperature or give occupants access to personal thermal comfort devices.

  • Feature 83 (Radiant thermal comfort): As an alternative to Feature 83 Part 1, projects may use active chilled beams that integrate outdoor air supply, so long as at least 50% of the thermal effect is from radiant heat transfer, outdoor air is introduced laterally at the beam surface and there is no supplemental floor-mounted conditioning or ventilating equipment.

Equivalencies

A total of 22 equivalencies have been published, all for WELL v1, including:

  • 13 for Air

  • 5 for Comfort

  • 3 for Nourishment

  • 1 for Fitness

Amendments

Below are some amendment highlights from the Q3 2018 addenda:

WELL v2 Pilot

  • Feature L03 (Circadian Lighting Design): Appendix L1 now shows how to calculate the EML of individual light sources.

  • Introduction (WELL Core): Rewrote the eligibility requirements for WELL Core to make it clear that common areas accessible to all tenants don’t count toward the 25% limit on space occupied by project owner. In addition, added an allowance that offices affiliated with the project owner but unrelated to the management of the project property may be considered a “tenant” for purposes of calculating percentage of project occupied by tenants and common areas.

WELL v1

  • Introduction (Core and Shell): Similar to WELL v2 pilot clarification above, rewrote the eligibility requirements for WELL Core and Shell to make it clear that common areas accessible to all tenants don’t count toward the 25% limit on space occupied by project owner. In addition, added an allowance that offices affiliated to the project owner may be considered a “tenant” for the purposes of calculating percentage of project occupied by tenant and common areas.

WELL Community Standard

  • Inclusion criteria was added that qualifies green and health and wellness rating systems to meet the minimum certified building requirement and to gain projects further points for individual building certifications.

WELL Guidebooks