Why was WELL created? Standards, like LEED, exist that encompass a building’s ecological imprint and the effect green building practices have on overall human health. These standards don’t delve into how a building impacted those who use it every day – thus WELL was created.
What does WELL focus on? WELL consists of 100 features within the seven concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It requires projects to incorporate features from lighting that supports the body’s circadian cycle, to designs that promote physical activity by enhancing walkability of a space.
How are WELL and LEED aligned? Environmental sustainability and wellness go hand-in-hand. The health of our planet is as important as the health of the building occupants, and for this reason the WELL Building Standard is inherently closely aligned with leading sustainability standards. The WELL Building Standard Institute has aligned with LEED to make it easier for green building projects to pursue dual designations.
Focus on: Improving ambient air quality and implementing strategies to reduce exposure to pollution.
Focus on: Drinking water quality, strategies for promoting drinking water access and managing contaminated or grey water.
Focus on: Providing access to fruit and vegetables, availability and affordability and policies to reduce availability of processed foods
Focus on: maintained illuminance levels and strategies for limiting light pollution, glare and discomfort
Focus on: promoting walkability and cyclist infrastructure; strategies for promoting daily physical activity and exercise
Focus on:providing acoustic comfort, ergonomics and universal design with the intention of mitigating physical and mental stress
Focus on: interventions to mediate stress, improve sleep hygiene or encourage altruism and community engagement
Read this informative WELL Q&A from Teknion: http://www.teknion.com/ca/inspiration/a-d-newsletter/interview-with-paul-scialla
Learn more about the International WELL Building Institute: https://www.wellcertified.com/