WELL Standards Version 2
On average people spend 90% of their time indoors, which has led to a focus on how our environment can be built to benefit our health and well-being. Particularly important within the built environment sector, this has created a basis for the launch of WELL Building Standards version 2.
WELL version 2 was launched to enable people to thrive in their own environment and provide a structure to design, build and maintain healthy living and working environments. The Blue Building Institute is the International WELL Building Institute’s European partner and is an organisation that we are excited to be continually building a close relationship with.
The Blue Building Institute is passionate about creating better buildings that benefit the population’s health. The non-profit organisation focuses on “Advancing human sustainability through the built environment”. To do this the Blue Building Institute bring different stakeholders together to collaborate and share knowledge, along with holding live talks.
At the beginning of June 2019 our Director at Built for Marketing, Jules, attended the Provada event in Amsterdam with the Blue Building Institute. The Provada event is a real estate exhibition showcasing industry-leading speakers and involved 300 exhibitors from the industry. Jules was “Thrilled to be a part of the Blue Building Institute’s stand and enjoyed meeting lots of new faces at the event”. Jules was able to gain a further insight into how our businesses can create a healthier environment before, during and after construction which will be fundamental in furthering our advice for clients.
The WELL Standards are becoming even more relevant within the construction industry as they are recognised and used globally in 30 different countries. The point scoring system in version 2 offers 10 concepts that can be used as a basis for improving aspects of an individual’s health, through architectural solutions. WELL version 2 considers the health of the inhabitants regarding both physical and mental health, including satisfaction with quality of life.
1) Air - Health effects associated with exposure to indoor air pollutants can be short and long term.
2) Light - Creating light environments are optimal for visual, mental and biological health.
3) Sound - Optimal sound comfort increases productivity, focus and memory retention.
4) Community - Designing spaces in a way that enables all individuals to thrive which is essential to shaping health outcomes.
5) Water – Providing occupants with essential hydration and other health benefits.
6) Movement - Physical activity opportunities can be enhanced through the spaces where we live, which is key to mental and physical health.
7) Materials - Building materials composition significantly impacts on indoor air quality.
8) Nourishment- Occupants dietary patterns are influenced by the buildings and communities where the individuals time is spent.
9) Thermal Comfort - Human productivity levels increase when the body’s optimal core temperature range is met.
10) Mind - With over 30% of adults experiencing a mental health condition, workplace programmatic strategies increase productivity.
These concepts should be considered by architects, designers and all businesses during a construction process. Once methods are established, continuous learning and improvements within the design and construction of buildings are key to meeting the new WELL Standards.
The importance of the environment on our health is becoming more apparent and all of us at Built for Marketing are all looking forward to future opportunities to work together with the Blue Building Institute!