The Next Generation of Healthier Workplaces
WHAT IS WELL
For years, LEED has helped us build greener buildings. As a complement to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the international standard in certifying the environmental responsibility and sustainability of buildings, WELL expands the notion of healthy buildings focusing on the people inside.
WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring specific features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. These features fall within the seven wellness concepts:
WELL Certification is achieved when projects demonstrate all Preconditions. Higher certification levels above Silver can be achieved by pursuing Optimization Features. Because these objectives vary from one building to the next, WELL provides flexibility when selecting features that best suit the project owner’s goals.
More than 700 projects worldwide have already registered or certified through WELL, including CBRE, AECOM, Stryker and BBCI Construction.
By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations, and development decisions, our goal is to add meaningful value, generate savings in personnel costs, and enhance the human experience, health and well-being.
CASE STUDY: CORGAN HEADQUARTERS EXPANSION
Corgan’s addition to our own ten-year-old, downtown headquarters building was driven by bringing all the local employees back under one roof. Due to growth within numerous market sectors, our headcount expanded beyond our original building capacity. With a desire to remain under one roof, an expansion and renovation project was put into action. To maintain our sustainability leadership in the architecture industry, pursuing a wellness-based certification became the natural next step. Corgan is pursuing the WELL New and Existing Interiors path, register the project for Silver Certification during the summer of 2016.
Our WELL Core Team assembled and vetted through the WELL scorecard to quickly find a number of features already embedded in our culture and merely required documentation to achieve. An increase of commitment to quality of light and creating an in-house program to sustain the nourishment preconditions were our first steps. With our spirited culture and commitment to the community, WELL’s focus on the people aligns naturally with our values.
Take a look at how WELL can help you achieve your wellness goals and the future of healthier buildings below!