Project managers, architects, and facility managers are always looking for workplace solutions that meet the changing needs of organizations. This process has typically involved plans to enhance the design of offices and buildings, and in this regard, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has been an important certification program. But while LEED focuses primarily on the building, the WELL Building Standard places people’s health and well-being at the center of design.
WELL was launched in 2014 following an extensive review of scientific research, evidence-based design, and best practices. It is certified by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and Green Business Certification Inc., which administers the LEED program. In short, WELL takes a holistic approach by addressing behavior, operations, and design that promote healthy work environments. It is a performance-based system that measures the health of built environments according to seven features: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
While WELL is still a relatively new concept, it is beginning to gain traction as more industry professionals and corporate real estate executives learn about its benefits and how it can be a wise investment.