The WELL Building Standard®
Addressing Health and Well-Being Impacts in the Built Environment
In our decades of experience, we have seen the green building industry grow and expand to include multiple rating systems, and we are always at the forefront of these developments. Our sustainability consulting team has an insider’s view as to how projects can meet the requirements of these rating systems, including WELL consulting. As leaders in sustainable design and green building rating systems, Epsten Group’s consultants were among the first professionals to sit for the WELL Accredited Professional exam and achieve accreditation.
Drawing on background from multiple disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering, biology, and public policy, the Epsten Group can help you understand and apply the WELL Building Standard® to your project. With extensive experience in certifying projects under the LEED rating system, Epsten Group consultants are well-versed in the documentation process required by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the administrator of the WELL Building Standard. Drawing on this experience, we can walk projects through the process of designing for and achieving WELL certification.
The WELL Building Standard is a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. Research has proven that an individual’s health and well-being is at least 70 percent dependent upon environmental factors and lifestyle choices. Knowing that the average individual spends at least 90 percent of his or her time indoors leads to a focus on how the built environment can enhance our health and wellbeing. Employers are recognizing the benefits and quick returns on investment when incorporating the WELL Building Standard into their space and organization, as many of the concepts increase productivity, attract talent and help to retain employees.
The WELL Building Standard prescribes a series of technology enhancements and performance-based measures that are systemized across seven categories relevant to occupant health in the built environment – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. WELL Certification™ is based on performance and requires a passing score in each of the seven categories of the WELL Building Standard. The IWBI awards certification at one of three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum. There are 105 Features applied to each building project, 41 required Preconditions and a total of 64 possible Optimizations, which are intended to address specific aspects of health, comfort or knowledge.
The WELL Building Standard goes beyond the design and construction phases of a project. On-site post-occupancy audits of WELL Buildings features include air and water quality, which are required for WELL certification. Re-auditing every three years is required to maintain certification.
Green interior design can make a significant difference in the health and well-being of building occupants, and Epsten Group is pleased to be well-versed in the techniques, technologies and processes that make the most positive impacts.