IWBI Launches WELL v2

(NEW YORK -- May 31, 2018) – Launched today worldwide and celebrated with fanfare in New York, Beijing, London and Sydney, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) unveiled the WELL v2 pilot, the next version of its pioneering WELL Building Standard, the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.

This second iteration includes a full suite of enhancements that advance IWBI’s global aim to build a healthier future for all. WELL v2 is informed by key lessons learned from the nearly 1,000 projects that are registered or certified in 34 countries across the world. Users can register for WELL v2 starting today.

“Since our launch in 2014, we’ve learned a lot from the thousands of WELL users, practitioners and researchers who have embraced WELL as a tool for making buildings mechanisms to deliver health and wellness benefits for all,” said IWBI Chief Product Officer Rachel Gutter. “WELL v2 is our effort to consolidate the latest knowledge, leading research, new technology and advanced building practice to extend the benefits of WELL buildings to more people in more places.” 

A truly global rating system, the intent behind WELL v2 is to empower project teams to pursue the interventions that matter most to their project and their community without sacrificing WELL’s comprehensive and evidence-based approach and commitment to performance verification.  Refinements and enhancements to the rating system include:

  • A new feature set with fewer preconditions and weighted optimizations.
  • A consolidation of multiple pilots into one WELL, and improvements to the “All Projects In” approach introduced last year.
  • New pathways to achieve intents, with a laser focus on feasibility for existing buildings and commercial interiors.
  • An optional early phase review for projects wishing to earn a WELL D&O designation that affirms and celebrates progress toward WELL Certification.
  • A new approach to performance verification allowing projects to contract local providers.
  • A commitment to equity through market- and sector-specific pricing, a focus on localization and the introduction of a dynamic scorecard.
  • A comprehensive and significant adjustment to pricing, including a new subscription option.

“The IWBI team has worked tirelessly to aggregate the expert contributions of our worldwide community of users, researchers and thought leaders whose hands-on engagement with     WELL v2 is evident throughout,” said IWBI CEO and Chairman Rick Fedrizzi. “The result is a rating system that’s simpler, clearer, focused on the aspects that have the greatest impact, and designed for improved return across every metric. I’m especially excited about the significant cost efficiencies that have been built in, which will help spur uptake and increase accessibility to WELL for more market sectors.”

 “With these changes, WELL v2 sharpens our ability to drive far-reaching change to buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive,” said Fedrizzi.  “We’re looking forward to the market’s feedback as we move through this pilot phase.”

For more information about WELL v2, visit us at https://v2.wellcertified.com.     


About IWBI

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.  The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, which will continue to be offered to the market, and the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities.  WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness.  IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.




WELL Quotes

North America

"At Structure Tone, we've made it our mission to put our clients first. From employee wellness and productivity to patient care, we've seen firsthand the benefits of human-centric spaces," said Rob Leon, Senior Vice President at Structure Tone. "That's why when it came time to redesign our own space, we knew from experience that WELL was the obvious choice, providing our employees with a space that promotes their health, wellness and productivity throughout the day."

"The well-being of our employees, customers, and communities have always been a priority at TD Bank. As early adopters of WELL in our retail and corporate spaces, in both the U.S. and Canada, we know there is immense value in designing and operating spaces that advance health and wellness. Regardless of location or building type, each of TD's WELL Certified spaces has had a positive impact on the people who use it. We are proud to be a part of the WELL movement, advancing health and environmental initiatives." - Jacquelynn Henke, Sustainability & Innovation Director, TD Bank

"Teknion has always advocated for continual improvement and we continue to challenge ourselves with better human performance and outcomes. A pioneer in healthy design practices with 5 projects currently enrolled in the WELL program, we've utilized WELL across all of our company goals - guiding our product design and development and helping us create better spaces for ourselves and the customers we serve." - Tracy Backus, Director of Sustainable Programs at Teknion

"We explored WELL certification at our own workplace because we wanted to create the healthiest possible environment for our studio to work and learn. The research- and outcome-based standards were an important tool for measuring the success of our wellness design goals.” – Rick Cook, Co-founder CookFox Architects

"The health and wellness of our employees is a priority for JLL.  By leading the industry as one of the first WELL certified spaces in New York for our new downtown office, we have demonstrated the value of investing in our people as well as learning from this experience to advise our clients on the best strategies to ensure their spaces lead to healthier and happier people.  We spend over 90% of our time indoors.  It is our responsibility to ensure the spaces we provide improve the quality of life of our employees and clients while also demonstrating energy and environmental leadership." - Dana Robbins Schneider, LEED Fellow, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability Projects, JLL



Virginie Scaglia at HRO France, said: “WELL Certification provides an excellent platform to communicate our commitment to providing a healthy workplace and upholding the highest environmental standards in building design, construction and operations. As we began our journey, we knew we wanted SCENEO to be at the forefront of cutting-edge building science and technology. WELL Certification has helped us to gain a competitive edge in Paris’s real estate market, highlight our leadership in the sustainability movement, and, most importantly, improve the health and well-being of tenants and employees. WELL was a natural fit for us.”

“When we moved to our new workplace in central London, we were determined that the experience for our staff would be markedly different from before. We used WELL as part of a broader strategy to create an environment that promotes health, facilitates physical activity and increases collaboration. What emerged was an organisational transformation that has helped to improve employee satisfaction and productivity and deliver on our sustainability commitments. As a result, our Landsec workplace is the first commercial office in the world to achieve both WELL Certified Silver and BREEAM Outstanding, setting a global benchmark for healthy, sustainable office space,” said Ed Dixon, Sustainability Insights Director, Landsec.

Chris Hiatt, Landid director, said: “As the first building in the UK to achieve WELL Core & Shell Certification, The Porter Building sets a new bar for the design and development of offices. The workspace will positively impact business performance, through staff retention and attraction, well-being and productivity and will meet the aspirations of the very best talent. Wellness has become an increasingly important part of workplace strategies in recent years, reflecting a wider cultural shift towards greater healthier lifestyles. We expect that in five years’ time all new office buildings will be seeking WELL Certification, in the same way that new buildings today are expected to adhere to the highest sustainability standards. Well-being will simply become part of the language of office design and we are very proud to be playing a leading role in that transformation.”

"Here in the Nordics we have the purest outdoor air and nature combined with an active lifestyle. However, we have shut the door on them indoors where we spend 22 hours a day. As the first WELL Certified office in the Nordics, we at Green Building Partners want to lead the way in the Nordics and show that it's important to design indoor spaces that are not only environmentally and energy-friendly but also human-friendly. The strength of the WELL Building Standard is that it's holistic. The concepts helped us to design an office and ways to work that comprehensively improve our employees' well-being, creativity and productivity," said Konsta Tuokko, Senior Consultant at Green Building Partners. 

“CBRE is strongly committed to employees' health and wellbeing having a lot of benefits and policies that make our life easier. When we expanded in 2015 we decided to pursue WELL Certification and include all the requirements from the beginning of the project. Despite been located in a financial district with high pollution, we have succeeded by creating an oasis in the center of Madrid. Our offices are a privileged environment in which biophilic design is the workplace core key. The operating area seems like a forest with internal partitions simulating trees and the pitch area the cabin. As in nature, space has been designed without right lines and daylight overwhelms the entire space. Meeting rooms are very peculiar because each one of them is inspired by different Earth landscapes with the typical furniture of that corner of the world. The intent was to create a comfortable space with natural materials in order to feel at home; therefore, productivity has increased by 30%.” - Patricia Fuertes Doyagüez, Architect and WELL AP, CBRE Madrid


“WELL has been attracting projects across all sectors to pursue certification in China in the past three years," said Wuzhao Qiu, Head of Product Research and Development at Poly Real Estate Group. "Poly's commitment to building green for the sustainability of the planet and human health is perfectly aligned with WELL's human health-centric philosophy." Poly was one of China's early adopters of WELL with five projects totaling over 500,000 square feet in space pursuing WELL v1 Certification. Qiu said Poly is excited to evolve with WELL and commits more of its projects for WELL Certification under v2.



Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO of Mirvac, said, "Mirvac’s sustainability strategy, This Changes Everything, sees us continually push the boundaries of how we design and construct buildings, ensuring we’re leaders in sustainable development. We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of WELL Certification in Australia and aspire to continue to set the benchmark for innovative, sustainable and healthy workplaces across the country. As a leading Australian property group, we can better support our customers’ goals to build healthy workplaces of the future.”

Lendlease Chief Executive, Property, Kylie Rampa said: "Better performing buildings, in environmental and social terms, deliver a number of direct economic benefits to investors and tenants, including more productive workplaces and precincts that generate greater value for all. Generating improvements to a city’s physical environment, its economic base, and the social and economic conditions of its residents is a critical goal for Lendlease and WELL helps us ensure we deliver on our promise. As a company, we’re strongly committed to developing next generation workplaces for our people, tenants and investors, where healthy outcomes create long-term value.”

Industry leadership collective paves the way to a healthier tomorrow

Pundits will remind you that it takes a village, and in the case of the evolution of WELL that couldn’t be more true. So IWBI is delighted to announce the formation of nine concept advisories – nine fully dedicated, fully empowered and forward-thinking teams of practitioners, advocates and experts in all aspects of buildings and their relation to human health – to assist in the further development and ongoing implementation of WELL v2.

IWBI’s nine concept advisories have been designed to align with the roster of 10 concepts that remain fundamental to the next generation of WELL v2. The nine WELL concept advisories are: Air & Thermal Comfort (combining two concepts into a single, interrelated advisory), Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.  

These teams of concept advisors will work with the IWBI Standard Development team to help inform the ongoing evolution of WELL by identifying key opportunities for enhancing its application across a wide range of space types and regions, while also highlighting emerging areas of research and innovation.

IWBI President Rachel Gutter states, “Each advisory boasts an A-list of leaders in their respective fields and embraces a diverse mix of minds, experiences, perspectives and regional sensibilities. They are the rocket fuel for taking WELL to the next level and we are deeply grateful for their time and interest in helping us advance both the rating system and the movement.”

The WELL concept advisors are volunteers, each of whom will serve at least one full year in that position, which began in June 2018 and will last until June of 2019. The breadth of expertise represented in the combined concept advisor roster of 150+ professionals spans some 20 countries around the globe. Advisors hail from New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Addis Ababa, not to mention many points in between.

All advisors are global leaders in human wellness who not only embody the depth and diversity of the WELL community, both personally and professionally, but who have often incorporated many key tenets of WELL into their everyday lives, as triathletes, yoga instructors, mindful leaders and civic activists.

“We’re really looking forward to working with our new concept advisors,” Gutter said, “and helping them help us make sure WELL continues to align itself with the latest industry research, meet the ever-changing needs of the user marketplace, and set the bar for healthy, high-performing buildings and communities and for industry leadership.”


IWBI Launches Global Network of Concept Advisories

(NEW YORK – July 9, 2018) – The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced the formation of a network of global concept advisories to explore, better understand and, ultimately, more accurately quantify the impact of specific health intents captured in the 10 WELL Concepts – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Materials, Sound, Mind and Community.

“This is a giant step forward for IWBI, broadening and deepening our understanding of how our buildings affect people across these concepts, which the evidence tells us have significant impact on how we feel, how healthy we are and how we can thrive,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi.

“Our successful launch earlier this month of WELL v2, the next version of the WELL Building Standard, was another step in the continuous evolution of WELL,” he said. “These concept advisories will propel the movement, advancing both the impact and importance of healthy building in the process.”

Each WELL concept advisory includes a collection of professionals, practitioners and experts, each serving a one-year term. WELL concept advisors will number more than 100 individuals, span 20 countries and represent WELL advocates from not just global market centers like New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Addis Ababa and Sydney, but a number of smaller municipalities in between.  They cover a broad array of technical, scientific and medical fields.

“As an organization, IWBI continues to raise the bar for healthy buildings,” Fedrizzi added. “The formation of these WELL concept advisories is a validation of how far we’ve traveled as an organization, but more importantly they represent an investment in the future of WELL and its ability to transform our buildings and communities to improve human health.”

About IWBI and WELL

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard (WELL), which will continue to be offered to the market, along with the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.  For more information about IWBI and WELL, please visit us here. A complete list of WELL concept advisories and their members is here.


WELL Air & Thermal Comfort Concept Advisory

The Air & Thermal Comfort concepts in WELL aim to ensure high levels of indoor air quality across a building’s lifetime through strategies that include source elimination or reduction, active and passive building design and operation tactics and human behavior interventions, while at the same time promoting human productivity and ensuring a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control, while meeting individual thermal preferences. Concept advisory members include:

Tim Beuker, WELL AP, Indoor Environmental Consultant, BBA Indoor Environmental Consultancy (Netherlands); Sandra Dedesko, Sustainability Consultant, RWDI (Canada); Ihab Elzeyadi, Professor, University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.); Anjanette Green, LEED AP, USGBC IAQ WG, LFA, LBC Auditor, LPC Assessor, Declare 3PV, RESET Air AP & Senior Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, Director, Standards Development, RESET, GIGA (U.S./China); Dusan Licina, Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland); Jiannan Luo, CEng MCIBSE, WELL AP, LEED AP (BD+C) and BREEAM International Assessor, Senior Environmental Design Analyst, Foster + Partners (United Kingdom); Jovan Pantelic, Assistant Professional Researcher, University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Badri Patel, EIT, BEAP, LEED AP (BD+C), WELL AP, VRF Product Specialist, Johnson Controls (Canada); Clare Parry, Director, Grun Consulting (Australia); Christopher Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, President, The Green Engineer, Inc. (Concord, Mass.); Stefano Schiavon, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Pawel Wargocki, PhD, Member ASHRAE, Member ISIAQ, Secretary Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark. Nathan Stodola is the IWBI Air & Thermal Comfort Concept staff lead.


WELL Water Concept Advisory

The Water concept in WELL covers all aspects of the quality, distribution and control of water in a building. It includes features that address the availability and contaminant thresholds of drinking water, as well as features targeting the management of water to avoid damage to building materials and environmental conditions. Concept Advisory members include:

Andy Dengel, Environment Director, BRE (United Kingdom); Yujiao Jiang, Indoor Environmental Consultant, PureLiving Indoor Environmental Solutions Co., Ltd. (China); Tanya Lubner, PhD, Director of Professional Certification & Training, Water Quality Association (Naperville, Ill.); Vivek Rao, Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, Director of Research & Innovation, Phigenics (Tucson, Ariz.); Neeta Sharma, Consultant (Former Managing Director, Plumbing Codes and Standards India Private Limited) (New Delhi, India); Ruchi Sneha, WELL AP, LEED GA, Technical Specialist, Green Business Certification Institute India (India); Joel Stout, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti (San Francisco, Calif.); Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles, Calif.); Simon Turner, CEO, Healthy Buildings International, Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif.); Carlos Vidal, Facility Manager, International Facility Management Association Research member [IFMA Spain chapter] (Barcelona, Spain). Nathan Stodola is the IWBI Water Concept staff lead.


WELL Nourishment Concept Advisory

The Nourishment concept in WELL requires nutritional transparency, the availability of fruits and vegetables and encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice. Concept advisory members include:

Dr. Angeline Achariya, CEO, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University (Australia); Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, VP, Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group (New York, N.Y.); Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab (Ithaca, N.Y.); Claudia Crowder, Head Coordinator, MOM's Organic Market (Washington, D.C.); Sara Roberts, CEO & Founder, Healthy Nibbles (United Kingdom); Gwen Schantz, Founding Partner, Brooklyn Grange (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Kate Spina, Consultant Chef & Nutritionist, Food Rascal (Australia); Laurie Whitsel, PhD, Vice President for Policy Research and Translation, American Heart Association (Washington, D.C.); Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP, Associate AIA, Senior Associate, Registered Interior Designer, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects (Little Rock, Ark.). Anja Mikic is the IWBI Nourishment Concept staff lead.


WELL Light Concept Advisory

The Light concept in WELL promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health. Concept advisory members include:

Francesco Anselmo, Associate, IoT, Interaction and Lighting, Arup (United Kingdom); Stephen Cannon Brookes, Lighting Designer at Cannon-Brookes Lighting Design & Faculty at University College London (United Kingdom); Nancy Clanton, CEO, Clanton & Associates Lighting Design & Engineering (Boulder, Colo.); Kenneth Douglas, Principal, HLB Lighting  Design (New York, N.Y.); Gena Glickman, Faculty in the Center for Circadian Biology at University of California San Diego (San Diego, Calif.); Chad Groshart, Associate Director, Atelier Ten (New Haven, Conn.); Michael Herf, President, f.lux software LLC (Los Angeles, Calif.); Glenn Heinmiller, FIALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal, Lam Partners (Cambridge, Mass.); Yi Chun Huang, General Manager, Environmental Market Solutions Inc. (China); John Martin, Public Policy Consultant, International Association of Lighting Designers (Chicago, Ill.); Brent Protzman, Director of Building Science, Lutron (Easton, Penn.); Meg Smith, IES, LEED AP, WELL AP, IOT applications Signify Research (Cambridge, Mass.); Robert Soler, VP of Research and Technology, BIOS (Carlsbad, Calif.); Michael Royer, Senior Engineer, Advanced Lighting Team, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Portland, Ore.); Andy Taylor, Technical Manager, Light Culture (Australia); Paolo Di Trapani, CEO & Founder, CoeLux, and Professor, University of Insubria (Italy). Gayathri Unnikrishnan is the IWBI Light Concept staff lead.


WELL Movement Concept Advisory

The Movement concept in WELL promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies. Concept advisory members include:

Tom Bosna, General Manager, Pinnacle Health Group (Melbourne, Australia); Jeri Brittin, Director of Research, HDR (Omaha, Neb.); Joe Celentano, Principal, Studio Leader (Athletics + Community), VMDO (Charlottesville, Va.); Susan Chung, Director of Research and Knowledge Management, ASID (Washington, D.C.); Kristen Day, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Administration, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University (New York, N.Y.); Lynn Herrmann, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, Department of Public Health and Health Education (DeKalb, Ill.); Jeff Hochberg, MS, FAWHP, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, Manager, Wellness Analytics, Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness (Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.); Linda Miller, President, Certified Ergonomist and Occupational Therapist, EWI Works (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); James Nash, Director, Cycling Score (London, United Kingdom); Mindy Pierce, Director Benefits & Well-being/LifeWork Strategies, Adventist HealthCare (Gaithersburg, Md.); Peter Stair, Senior Sustainability Manager, KEO International (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Vienna McLeod is the IWBI Movement Concept staff lead.


WELL Materials Concept Advisory

The Materials concept in WELL aims to reduce human exposure to hazardous building material ingredients through the restriction or elimination of compounds or products known to be toxic and the promotion of safer replacements. Compounds known to be hazardous to the health of occupational workers and/or known to bioaccumulate or aggregate in the environment are also restricted and, in some instances, not permitted. Concept advisory members include:

Michelle Amt, Director of Sustainability, VMDO (Charlottesville, Va.); Tracy Backus, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion (Washington, D.C.); Henning Bloech, Founder, Sustaineer Consulting (Germany); Eva-Lena Carlén-Johansson, Manager Sustainability Programs, Skanska AB (Sweden); David Green, Manager Applied Sustainability, BASF (Cleveland, Ohio); Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Perkins + Will (New York, N.Y.); Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CID, EDAC, AAHID, Sustainable Principal, Senior Professional Associate, HDR (San Francisco, Calif.); John Mlade, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Company (Darien/Chicago, Ill.); Joel Ann Todd, Consultant (Cabin John, Md.); Troy Virgo, Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship, Shaw Industries, Inc. (Dalton, Ga.); Raefer Wallis, CEO and Founder, GIGA: RESET Standard / ORIGIN Hub (Canada/China). Oriah Abera, VP Standard Development, is the IWBI Materials Concept staff lead.


WELL Sound Concept Advisory

The Sound concept in WELL aims to bolster health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape human experiences in the built environment. Concept advisory members include:

Sean Browne, Principal Scientist, Armstrong World Industries (Lancaster, Penn.); Ric Doedens, Director, Strategic Relations, K.R. Moeller Associate (Canada); Klas Hagberg, PhD and Senior Technical Director, WSP (Canada); Jack Harvie-Clark, Director, Apex Acoustics Ltd. (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK); Kimteri Kim, Principal Consultant, Intertek (New York, N.Y.); Dr. Eoin King, Associate Professor, University of Hartford (West Hartford, Conn.); Siu-Kit "Eddie" Lau, Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore (Singapore); John Longman, President, Longman Lindsay (New York, N.Y.); John LoVerde, FASA, Director of Architectural Acoustics, Veneklasen Associates, President, Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation (Santa Monica, Calif.); Erik Miller-Klein, Partner, A3 Acoustical Consultants (Seattle, Wash.); Andrew Parkin, Partner and Global Head of Acoustics, Cundall (Birmingham, UK); Chris Pollock, Associate Principal, Arup (New York, N.Y.); Amanda Robinson, Co-CEO, Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia); Andrew Schmidt, Senior Researcher, Acoustics, USG (Chicago, Ill.). Ethan Bourdeau is the IWBI Sound Concept staff lead.


WELL Mind Concept Advisory

The Mind concept in WELL promotes mental health through policy, program and design strategies that seek to address the diverse factors that influence cognitive and emotional well-being. Concept advisory members include:

Heidi Dening, Founder and CEO, Workable Wellness (Australia); Nicola De Pisapia, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento (Italy); Randy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (Washington, D.C.); Tara Healey, Program Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Mind the Moment Mindfulness Program (Wellesley, Mass.); Oliver Heath, Architectural and Interior Designer specialising in Biophilic Design, Oliver Heath Design Ltd. (Brighton, United Kingdom); Judith Heerwagen, Affiliate Faculty Member in Architecture, University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.); Lida Lewis, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador (Washington, D.C.); María Isabel Martínez Castro, Well-Being Manager, IS-WELL Company (Madrid, Spain); Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, WELL AP (provisional), Corporate President, Little (Washington, D.C.); Hessam Sadatsafavi, Data Action Team Lead, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System (Chancellorsville, Va.); Tyrone Yang, AIA, PhD, WELL AP, Architect/Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Yang Architects, LLC (Boston, Mass.). Emily Winer is the IWBI Mind Concept staff lead.


WELL Community Concept Advisory

The Community concept in WELL aims to support access to essential healthcare, workplace health promotion and accommodations for new parents while establishing an inclusive, integrated community through social equity, civic engagement and accessible design. Concept advisory members include:

Jamie Anderson, Senior Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering (Manchester, UK); Christine Bruckner, PhD, FAIA, Director and WELL Global Lead, M Moser Associates (Hong Kong, China); Jeni Cross, Director of Research, Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.); Evan Davidge, Founder, The Wellbeing Leader, Ltd. (Swansea, United Kingdom); Jay Dee Dearness, Senior Associate, Wellness and Sustainability, XBÜRO (Brisbane, Australia); Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH (Washington, D.C.); Susan Kaplan, President, BuildingWrx (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Marlene Kosinski, FNP, COHN-S, WELL AP, Associate Director, Health & Wellness and Ergonomics, Genentech (San Francisco, Calif.); Victoria Lanteigne, Director, Strategic Partnerships, FOX Architects (Washington, D.C.); Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Earth Institute (New York, N.Y.); James Stawniczy, Senior Consultant – Wellness, HOK (New York, N.Y.); Gerda Stelpstra, Senior Consultant Workplace Strategy, Cushman & Wakefield (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Zdravko Trivic, Assistant Professor, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (Singapore). Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability, Jonathan Rose Companies (New York, N.Y.). Rose Winer is the IWBI Community Concept staff lead.










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Rachel Gutter Named President of International WELL Building Institute

(NEW YORK – June 7, 2018) – The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced the appointment of Rachel Gutter to the role of president, IWBI.  She succeeds Kamyar Vaghar, who is leaving IWBI after two successful years in this role.

“Having Rachel step into this role is all about what’s next for WELL and reflective of the growth of the global health and wellness movement,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi.  “With the successful launch last week of WELL v2™, the next version of the popular WELL Building Standard™, the significant growth we are seeing in WELL™ registration and certification and in the uptake of the WELL AP™ credential, she’s the right leader for the next phase of WELL’s global development.”

“I was very fortunate to have someone of Kamyar’s caliber and talent at the helm during my first phase at IWBI,” continued Fedrizzi. “He brought operational structure, expertise and an intuitive sense that's proven helpful time and again as we've engaged with the global real estate community.  With the launch of WELL v2 last week, Kamyar decided it was the perfect time to transition back to what he loves most —investing in and developing real estate. We’re sad to see him go, but his ongoing advocacy for real estate as a force for good, and for WELL specifically, will benefit us all for decades to come.   We have been extremely fortunate to have his leadership during this time, and wish him tremendous success.”

“IWBI’s work to transform people’s health through better buildings and communities is leading this next wave of market transformation for global real estate,” said Gutter. “The team and I have enjoyed working side by side with Kamyar these past two years, and we look forward to taking WELL to the next level.”

“Rachel demonstrates authentic leadership every day and has built a talented team and a great product,” said Vaghar. “She is what’s needed to continue to propel the WELL movement forward.”

Fedrizzi noted that as IWBI’s chief product officer, Gutter was instrumental in bringing the latest version of WELL to the market.  “For more than a year, she tirelessly sought the input of the global WELL community across all disciplines, then systematically channeled that input into a rating system that’s more equitable, global, simpler, clearer and designed for improved return across every metric.”   Gutter will add the IWBI Commercial team to her portfolio of responsibilities, bringing together product development and customer engagement

Gutter joined IWBI as chief product officer of IWBI in 2016.  She came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as senior vice president of knowledge and was founding director of the Center for Green Schools.

The recipient of the 2012 World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award,Gutter is co-chair of the Garrison Institute’s Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory.

Board of Paul Hawken’s Drawdown Project to reverse global warming. She is a sought-after speaker and frequent guest lecturer and instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, where she has taught various courses to graduate students and executives and presented as part of lecture series.  


About IWBI

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.  The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, which will continue to be offered to the market, and the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities.  WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.  For more information about IWBI and WELL, please visit us here.    





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WELL v2 架构

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WELL v2的新内容

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WELL v1 to v2 comparison

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