Mike Scott reports on the WELL Building standard, which aims to optimise health and wellbeing
While most building standards, such as BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), measure the environmental aspects of developments, the WELL Building Standard monitors and certifies the impact they have on human health.
Covering seven core concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind, the standard “explores how design, operations and behaviours within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimised to advance human health and wellbeing,” according to the International WELL Building Institute, which developed the standard.
The standard encourages you to use natural products that are not harmful to health
The global rating system, which was launched in 2014 and developed by environmental professionals and doctors together, is the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness, it claims.
Consulting engineer Cundall’s London headquarters became one of the first buildings in Europe to achieve the WELL Building Standard’s gold rating. “The standard promotes occupier satisfaction, looking at things like air quality and what pollutants are entering the building,” says sustainability partner Simon Wyatt....