Are we WELL enough? The new WELL Building Standard

One of the key changes in sustainability over the last 12 months has been the increasing need to considering building users and how the built environment affects their ‘Wellness’. With the release of the Certification Guidebook and updates to the information on the Standard more organisations are considering how this can be suitable for their projects.

Whilst traditional sustainability methods such as BREEAM and RICS Ska do address Wellness or Health and Wellbeing, the new WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness.

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing and include seven key categories – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind – that are measured in the overall assessment. It is based on a significant amount of research on how developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood and sleep patterns.

Whilst there is talk of providing a UK specific standard there is no date for this, and whether the US form is a practical methodology for UK developments is yet to be understood. What’s clear is that more focus is being placed on the WELL standard and it is currently being seen as better than other nationally recognized standards such as BREEAM.

If you want further information on how WELL can benefit your scheme and our experience in assessing health and wellbeing contact Ruth Geeson ruth.geeson@greengage-env.com/020 3544 3997 and watch the new Greengage Insight Series on Sustainability & Energy.