Most people are not that familiar with the WELL building standard and WELL may be a bit vague at first. But there’s a lot more to it than you think. The WELL method turns out not only to be a practical approach to improving health and productivity, but also technically quite challenging. But let’s start by looking at a few figures that show why healthy buildings are important:
An important part of using the WELL building standard is validating the use. An auditor will only visit the building after completion & handover, so he or she can determine whether the building meets WELL certification credits in the day-to-day practice. The auditor is not involved in the design phase. That means the assessment is not just about technology, but even more than that about policy and implementation. All credits are evidence-based (they are proven to contribute to better health and their actual performance is actually tested) and are divided into 10 categories.
Even though WELL is mainly about compliance with policies, technology does play an important role in earning the credits. Cataloguing and assessing the WELL credits, as well as supervising and implementing the measures requires considerable technical knowledge. For a layman, many credits will be difficult to understand. To give an example:
When building a building, we put most of our energy into keeping the air quality and temperature right, because these two aspects play a very big role in the comfort of those who work inside. This also benefits the health and productivity of employees. Fortunately, for the most part, energy savings and health go well together. For example, low-temperature heating not only saves energy but is also more comfortable. Other examples of energy-saving measures that also contribute to comfort include avoiding heating and cooling at the same time, preventing draughts and using blinds in summer.