The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) unveiled the WELL v2™ pilot, the next version of its pioneering WELL Building Standard™, the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness, on May 31.
This second iteration includes a full suite of enhancements that advance IWBI’s global aim to build a healthier future for all. WELL v2 is informed by key lessons learned from the nearly 1,000 projects that are registered or certified in 34 countries across the world.
Refinements and enhancements to the rating system include:
A new feature set with fewer preconditions and weighted optimizations.
A consolidation of multiple pilots into one WELL, and improvements to the “All Projects In” approach introduced last year.
New pathways to achieve intents, with a laser focus on feasibility for existing buildings and commercial interiors.
An optional early phase review for projects wishing to earn a WELL D&O ™ designation that affirms and celebrates progress toward WELL Certification.
A new approach to performance verification allowing projects to contract local providers.
A commitment to equity through market- and sector-specific pricing, a focus on localization and the introduction of a dynamic scorecard.
A comprehensive and significant adjustment to pricing, including a new subscription option.
The architecture of WELL v2
A unified standard
WELL v2 consolidates previous iterations and pilots into one WELL for all project types. The system is designed to grow in specificity and specialty over time, adapting to accommodate diverse space types and geographies and to respond to new evidence and ever-evolving public health concerns.
The new WELL platform guides project teams through the development of a custom scorecard. The digital platform suggests a selection of features based on project-specific parameters that can be further defined and refined by the project team.
There are 10 concepts in WELL v2: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community. Each concept is comprised of features with distinct health and well-being intents. Features are either preconditions or optimizations.
Preconditions define the fundamental components of a WELL space and serve as the foundation of a healthy building. WELL v2 offers a universal set of preconditions for all projects. All preconditions are mandatory for certification. All parts in preconditions are mandatory.
Optimizations are optional pathways for projects to demonstrate additional achievement in WELL. Project teams choose the optimizations that matter most for their project and community. Further, projects may choose which parts to pursue within optimizations up to the point maximum established for the optimization.
WELL v2 operates on a points-based system, with a total of 100 points available to each project, plus 10 innovation points. All optimizations have maximum point values. The point-value of a feature is determined by its potential for impact. This is defined as the extent to which a feature addresses a specific health and wellness concern or opportunity for health promotion, and the potential impact of effective intervention.
All space types
All parts of WELL v2 are designated for specific space types. Space types in WELL refer to spaces within a project. These space types do not refer to the project as a whole. Many parts in WELL are denoted for “all spaces”, which indicates that the part must be applied to all spaces within the project, for all project types.
Scoring and Certification Levels
Projects must achieve all preconditions, as well as a certain number of points to earn different levels of certification:
- WELL Certification Silver: 50 points.
- WELL Certification Gold: 60 points.
- WELL Certification Platinum: 80 points.
Projects must earn a minimum of two points per concept. Projects may earn no more than 12 points per concept.
WELL Core Certification is a distinct pathway of achievement for core and shell buildings seeking to implement fundamental features in the base building for the benefit of tenants. All building types can pursue WELL Core certification provided that the owner occupies 25% or less of the gross floor area of the project, with the remainder of the space occupied by tenants.
WELL Core projects must achieve all preconditions as well as a certain number of points to earn different levels of certification:
WELL Core Certification: 40 points.
WELL Core Silver Certification: 50 points.
WELL Core Gold Certification: 60 points.
WELL Core Platinum Certification: 80 points.
For WELL Core Certification, projects must earn a minimum of one point per concept. Projects may earn no more than 12 points per concept.
Do not hesitate to contact Ineria Management, our WELL AP qualified experts will solve all your doubts about the transition to the v2 version of WELL.
More information: https://v2.wellcertified.com/landing