UNDERSTANDING THE WELL BUILDING CONCEPT

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UNDERSTANDING THE WELL BUILDING CONCEPT

Located in beautiful Lake Nona, an 11-square-mile master-designed community in Orlando, Florida, the Town Center I office building is an 85,000 square foot, four-storey, multi-tenant, commercial building. Its large double pane glass windows assist in circadian lighting, while increasing energy efficiency in the structure.  

What is WELL Building?

The WELL Building Standard™ provides the opportunity to design and build with a human-centered approach, which ultimately supports the industry in comprehensively addressing human health: Employers spend 90 percent of their annual operating costs on people. This means that even a small impact on productivity, engagement and satisfaction in the workplace can have huge returns on investment.

By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations and development decisions, we have the ability to add meaningful value to real estate assets, generate savings in personnel costs, and enhance the human experience, health and well-being. WELL empowers the creation of healthy environments for people to live, work and play, enhancing occupant health and quality of life globally.

Who is the certifying authority?
WELL Building certification is administered by the GBCI who certify LEED.
A key differentiator between other green building and LEED certifications and WELL building certification is that for WELL certification that building must be occupied. The space must undergo a process that includes an onsite assessment and performance testing by a third- party. The assessor will spend up to 3 days onsite undertaking tests and verifying features applied for.

Buildings yet to be tenanted cannot be certified, only designed as WELL compliant.

What are the categories of assessment?
WELL has 7 categories (called concepts) are air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. Like GreenStar these categories are then broken down into features (a total of 102). Some features are baseline essentials for certification and some are optional for extra points and a higher level certification.

Air: This focuses on indoor air quality, similar to green building requirements.

Water: While Green Buildings focus on water use, WELL focuses on water quality.

Nourishment: This is new category under WELL Building Certification that seeks to implement design, technology and knowledge building strategies to encourage healthy eating habits. It looks at encouraging organizations to provide occupants with design features, behavioral cues, healthy options and knowledge to enable healthier food choices.

Light: Under this category of assessment, appropriate light and ample natural light within the built structure is reviewed. From a Wellness perspective, light is critical in that it can impact health. Poor lighting can be the cause of headaches and muscle tension; while daylight regulates our moods and sleep patterns.

Fitness: This category looks at how architectural design can incorporate fitness and exercise opportunities into the building. This can be achieved by including features such as gyms, meditation rooms, mindful eating spaces and also lobbies, stairs that occupants can take instead of lifts to move across the building.

Comfort: This head focuses on acoustics and thermal comfort, a key to providing a “soothing, distraction free environment”.

Mind: This category supports mental and emotional health of the occupants and reviews the availability of relaxation spaces.

WELL BUILDING FACT FILE:

  • 83% feel more productive
  • 100% said that clients are interested in their new way of working
  • 92% said the new space has created a positive effect on their health and well-being
  • 94% said that the new space has a positive impact on their business performance
  • 93% said that they are able to more easily collaborate with others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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