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Designing Healthy Buildings with WELL


Now, more than ever, the industry and consumers are realizing that where we live and work has a significant impact on our health and wellness. But how does a building project know what to do to make their building “better”? The WELL Building Standard from the International WELL Building Institute was created to bridge that gap and guide teams to prioritize human health and wellness as part of their design process. The WELL Building Standard v2 was created as a means to address the increasing concerns and issues related to human health and how buildings and the indoor environment affect the building occupants in numerous ways. So, they gathered industry experts in public health (World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and PreventionHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, etc.) to help create a performance-based, third-party verified building certification standard. Pursuing this certification could help prove to the public which buildings are “healthier” for them than others.

In a recent article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Hannah Walter, PE, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, explains the intent and goals of the WELL Building Standard, helps readers understand the potential impacts to a building design for project pursuing the WELL Building Standard, and details the WELL Building Standard and what resources a project will need if the certification is pursued.

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