The WELL™ Building Standard is a scientifically endorsed qualification system that enables you to measure, certify and monitor the specifications of a building that impact on the health and well-being of people.

WELL™ includes a number of features that help to take measures focused on the health and well-being of the occupants of a building. These features are founded on performance-based standards with regard to the project meeting prescriptive standards that require the implementation of technologies, design strategies and protocols.

WELL™ Core and Shell certification takes into account the following:

Building structure.
Window location.

Building proportions.
Heating system.
Cooling and ventilation.
Quality of the water as it is supplied throughout the building.
Not only does it show that the owner is really interested in the building, it also increases the building’s reputation and marketability.

For most companies with health and well-being programmes in their offices, the task is not as simple as selecting the right programme to implement, but rather it is more about adopting a culture of health and well-being on behalf of employees.

WELL™ focuses on seven wellness concepts, each divided into characteristics designed to maximise occupant health and well-being while minimising harmful side effects associated with time spent indoors.

Characteristics are classified as preconditions that are required to reach all certification levels or optimisations that are not required to comply with the Silver certification level but are required for the Gold and Platinum levels.

Air
Indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality. And that’s due to the waste gases emitted by building materials and poor ventilation practices. By removing airborne pollutants and purifying them, we help to optimise indoor air quality.

Preconditions

Air quality standards.
Ban on smoking.
Ventilation efficiency.
Reduction of VOC.
Air filtration.
Microbe control.
Pollution management in construction.
Healthy entrance to the building that minimises the entry of pollutants into the building.
Pesticide management with pest control plan.
Standards in construction materials to restrict the use of hazardous materials.
Humidity management.
Optimisations

Ensure that the building façade provides protections against pests.
Humidity and air pollution.
Increased ventilation in building.
Insulation from sources of indoor air pollution, opening and closing of windows.
Outdoor air systems to adapt ventilation and save energy.
Innovative air purification techniques that eliminate organic compounds.
Reduction of internal combustion sources.

Water
Drinking water is a prerequisite for optimal health and almost half of the human body is made up of water. It is a major component of cells and a medium for the transport of nutrients and waste throughout the body. By eliminating pollutants through adequate water filtration, we optimise its quality while promoting access to drinking water.

Preconditions

Performance thresholds for water quality in terms of turbidity, inorganic pollutants, organic pollutants, agricultural pollutants and additives such as disinfectants and fluoride.

Optimisations

Treatment of water to guarantee its quality and promotion of drinking water with testing to improve taste and smell.

Food products
Along with physical inactivity, poor diet contributes to obesity and this increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. This point encourages healthy eating habits by providing healthier food options and knowledge on the quality of nutrition.

Preconditions

Promote the consumption of healthier foods and drinks, in addition to labelling all foods and beverages with the eight most common allergens to help prevent our exposure to them.

Optimisations

Labelling of artificial ingredients.
Nutritional information for all foods and beverages.
Adverts to promote healthy food options.
Encourage the growing and harvesting of vegetables.
Prepare spaces dedicated to food to help strengthen social interactions.
Reduce generally stressful dietary decisions.

Light
We spend 90% of our time inside buildings. Insufficient lighting or unsuitable lighting design can negatively affect people’s ability to perform daily tasks, and even interrupt their sleep cycles.

Preconditions

Management of the intensity of electric light to reduce eyestrain and discomfort.

Optimisations

Control of the intensity of natural light
Maximise the use of natural sunlight
Guarantee exposure to large amounts of natural sunlight
Window design to optimise the quantity and quality of sunlight, and minimise its intensity

Fitness
Sedentary time at work has created an environment in which millions of people do not reach the minimum level of activity required to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndromes, obesity and other chronic conditions.

Preconditions

Access to stairs and implementation of incentives to use the stairs in the design.

Optimisations

Outdoor design to promote physical activity.
Integrate indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage exercise.
Space available to store bicycles.
Shower services and access to cardio-respiratory and body-building exercise equipment.

Comfort
Buildings can be a source of noise and temperature conditions that distract workers. Different employee surveys show that acoustic and temperature problems are a main source of dissatisfaction in offices.

Preconditions

Compliance with ADA (Accessible Design Standards) to ensure access and comfort for people with different capacities, regulation of the amount of outdoor noise heard inside and establishment of optimal indoor temperature parameters to guarantee thermal comfort for most occupants.

Optimisations

Regulation of the amount of mechanically generated indoor noise, and ensure privacy of speech. Integration of heating and cooling elements designed to increase thermal comfort.

Mind
Chronic low-level disturbances or mental distress are contributing more and more to common chronic illnesses, such as depression.

Preconditions

Raise awareness about health and well-being, participation of stakeholders to ensure compliance with the goals of collective well-being and implementation of strategies that positively influence the state of mind.

Optimisations

Integration of biophilic design strategies to emulate the natural environment.
Improve general mood.
Reveal the material composition of interior finishes and furniture.
Implement design and aesthetic strategies to create a visually attractive space.
Integration of innovative features to contribute wellness elements not included in WELL.

The main advantages of having a WELL-certified building are the following:

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Increases the value of the building by verifying building performance.
Rental prices go up thanks to the value that is generated in the long term.
Differentiation of certified buildings from other constructions.
Long-term reduction of improvement costs by upgrading building systems in accordance with WELL.
Positions health and well-being as the main point of corporate social responsibility.
Promotes the company’s commitment to health and wellness programmes.
Increase in the value of the company for shareholders by linking the organisation’s commitment to social responsibility.

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