WELL (IWBI)

The WELL Building Standard (WELL)

“The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings.” Since we spend about 90% of our time indoors, the buildings where we live, work, learn and relax have a profound effect on our well-being: how we feel, what we eat, and our quality of sleep at night.

(WELL) Strategies

(WELL) Strategies span across seven concepts designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of people in buildings through design, operations and behavior. Backed by evidence-based medical and scientific research,  it harnesses the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being.

 

Air

  • WELL promotes strategies to reduce or minimize sources of indoor air pollution.
    • (Microbe and Mold Control, Entryway Walk-Off Systems, Chemical Storage)

Water

  • WELL promotes safe and clean water through the implementation of proper filtration techniques and regular testing in order for building occupants to receive optimal quality of water for various uses.
    • (Drinking Water Access, Water Dispenser Maintenance, Periodic water quality testing)

Nourishment

  • WELL requires the availability of fresh, wholesome foods, limits unhealthy ingredients and encourages better eating habits and food culture.
    • (Provide fruits & vegetables, offer food alternatives -special diets, provide gardening space, provide eating & break spaces)

Light

  • WELL promotes lighting systems designed to increase alertness, enhance experience, and promote sleep.
    • (Glare Minimization, Glare Avoidance, Window Access, Window Shading, Light Control)

Fitness

  • WELL promotes the integration of physical activity into everyday life by providing the opportunities and support for an active lifestyle and discouraging sedentary behaviors.
    • (Fitness Programs & Education, Bicycle Storage and Support, Workout Facilities

Comfort

  • WELL creates distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments.
    • Ergonomics – Desk & Seat Flexibility, Acoustic Planning, Thermal Comfort Devices – Ex Fans & Heaters)

Mind

  • WELL optimizes cognitive and emotional health through design, technology and treatment strategies.
    • (Artwork, Personal Lockers, Water Feature, Indoor Biophilia)

Innovation

  • WELL encourages innovation by allowing projects to submit ideas for new features under WELL concepts.
    • (Reusable water bottles, educational programs, accommodate & plan for employee’s physical disabilities, TBI, PTSD, insomnia, and other related ailments, Supporting nonprofit organizations)

Footnote:

  • “The WELL Building Standard.” https://www.wellcertified.com, 10 Oct. 2015. Accessed 10 Oct. 2017