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The WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based, third-party certified rating system that focuses on the impacts of buildings on human health and well-being. Here's a thorough explanation of the WELL Building Standard:
1. Holistic Approach to Health:
WELL takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment, addressing behavior, operations, and design. It's grounded in medical research exploring the connection between the buildings (where we spend more than 90% of our time) and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants.
2. Performance-Based System:
WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
3. Seven Concepts:
WELL measures attributes of buildings impacting occupant health by looking at seven factors or Concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Each concept has a set of features aimed at addressing issues related to health, comfort, or knowledge of occupants.
WELL is composed of over one hundred Features applied to each building project. These features can be performance-based standards or descriptive standards, allowing flexibility in how a project meets acceptable quantified thresholds or requiring that specific technology, design strategies, or protocols are implemented.
5. Project Types:
WELL can be applied across many real estate sectors and is optimized for commercial and institutional office buildings. It's organized into Project Types: New and Existing Buildings, New and Existing Interiors, and Core and Shell, each addressing unique considerations relevant to a particular building type or phase of construction.
6. Scientific Basis:
Developed over 10 years and backed by the latest scientific research, WELL outlines key building-level and organizational strategies across 10 categories, applying the science of how physical and social environments affect human health, well-being, and performance.
7. Global Impact:
Since its launch in 2014, the WELL Building Standard has guided the design of thousands of buildings worldwide, providing clear guidelines for creating spaces that keep people healthy and productive.
8. Integration with LEED:
WELL builds on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), starting where LEED left off by integrating performance thresholds after the design/prescriptive green building work has been completed.
The WELL Building Standard serves as a robust framework for integrating health and well-being considerations into the built environment, making it a pivotal tool for developers, architects, and organizations aiming to prioritize human health in their projects.