The WELL certification program offers office managers and designers a guide on how to create healthy environments, and on a certification process that creates a standard of achievement.
It is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
WELL is managed and administered byAi??the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.
WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness of its occupants. WELL Certifiedai??? spaces and WELL Compliant Ai??core and shell developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, andAi??sleep patterns.

The goal of WELL is to address issues that impact the health, comfort and knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behaviour. Supported by years of evidence-based scientific research, this performance-based system evaluates the design, construction, maintenance and operation of new and existing buildings. Performance requirements are in the following seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
There is a baseline of requirements for all certification. In addition to the preconditions, WELL provides a list of optimizations, organizations can choose to certify to achieve a higher WELL Building Standard:
  • Silver is the basic certification that only requires preconditions
  • Gold requires 40% additional optimizations
  • Platinum must have all preconditions plus 80% additional optimizations
As to how to get WELL certification for your project.
  • Take the decision to pursue WELL Certification through collaboration from many internal stakeholders and establishing feasibility.
  • Determine how the project fits with WELL and generate a certification price quote.
  • Plan for the key milestones and customize press release templates.
  • Assess and confirm that each feature being pursued meets WELLai??i??s requirements.
  • Submit documentation to show the project meets the requirements.
  • Respond to preliminary documentation review comments and discuss education and engagement opportunities for building occupants about the projectai??i??s WELL features
  • Performance verification is scheduled once documentation has been approved and the required occupancy has been achieved.
  • Complete a visual inspection of the project to confirm each feature is ready for review.
  • Review performance verification logistics with your WELL Assessor.
  • Celebrate WELL certification achievement.
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