About WELL Building Standard! Facts and key features!
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March 7, 2019

About WELL Building Standard! Facts and key features!

WELL Building Standard is all about health and how environment is changing how we live. The state of our health is determined by mainly by physical / social environment and further more by lifestyle / health behaviours, medical care and genetics.

Facts and statistics about health

Statistics from International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) show the following facts:

  • Improved indoor air quality = 8 -11% higher productivity
  • 80% average occupants is dehydrated
  • Depression reduced by 27% by fruit & vegetables
  • Views to outdoor environment increases concentration by 15%
  • Too warm: productivity 4% lower
  • Too cold: productivity 6% lower
  • Noisy environment reduces concentration by 15%
  • Concentration increases by 6% with views on green (roof)

WELL Building Standard and features

Each feature of the WELL Building Standard is ascribed to the human body systems that are intended to benefit from its implementation. This enables project teams to classify the intended benefits of each WELL feature and develop a comprehensive set of strategies. While there are different ways to group the body’s various systems, the WELL Building Standard considers each feature’s impact on the following categories of body systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, integumentary, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal and urinary.

WELL Building Standard features in total #: 10 concepts (Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community), 23 preconditions, 89 optimizations.

  • The WELL Air concept aims to ensure high levels of indoor air quality across a building’s lifetime through diverse strategies that include source elimination or reduction, active and passive building design and operation strategies and human behaviour interventions.
  • The WELL Water concept covers aspects of the quality, distribution and control of liquid 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.
  • The WELL Nourishment concept requires the availability of fruits and vegetables and nutritional transparency and encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.
  • The WELL Light concept promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health.
  • The WELL Movement concept promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviours through environmental design strategies, programs and policies.
  • The WELL Thermal Comfort concept aims to promote human productivity and ensure a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control and by meeting individual thermal preferences.
  • The WELL Sound concept aims to bolster occupant health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape occupant experiences in the built environment.
  • The WELL Materials concept 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 bio accumulate or aggregate in the environment are also restricted and in some instances not permitted.
  • The WELL Mind concept promotes mental health through policy, program and design strategies that seek to address the diverse factors that influence cognitive and emotional well-being.
  • The WELL Community concept 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.

WELL certification process includes registering the project, assessment and targeting features, submission of documentations, performance verification and certification. Recertification must occur to verify the WELL certification is maintained over time.

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