Launched in 2014, the WELL Building Standard is the world’s first building certification presenting a performance-based system that focuses primarily on human health and wellness in relation to the built environment.
The WELL Building Standard states, “We believe that buildings should be developed with peoples’ health and wellness at the centre of design.” Resulting in taking a holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behaviour, operations and design by improving nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance across commercial and institutional buildings. A pilot version has been developed to test and refine how WELL can be applied to new building sectors such as retail, hospitality and multifamily residential.
What is the process of becoming WELL certified? Buildings can receive an award for Silver, Gold or Platinum certification based on how a project meets the criteria and whether optional enhancements have been included. For example, the WELL features, intended to change behaviour through making life decisions, are categorised into two categories. Preconditions, meaning the necessary concepts have been included for a baseline certification, and optimisations, which means enhancements have been made, determining the level of certification received.
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