​International ​WELL Building Institute Sets Out 2017 Plans

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Architecture and design ha​ve ​a massive impact on human health and well-being. When we consider how much time we spend inside a building, we are reminded of just how big that impact is. This is one of several reasons why the WELL standard was created. A pioneering initiative, the building standard focuses exclusively on this aspect of construction, creating better buildings and happier people in the process.

​​Rick Fedrizzi​, who has been at the helm of ​​the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI)​ for 100 days​​ (​previously ​he had been ​head of the U.S. Green Building Council​)​, is an evangelist when it comes to making buildings healthier and more sustainable. ​Since he took the leadership seat at the organization, he has laid down the main points of the 2017 plan for the standard​, based on the four action points he believes in:​ identify, simplify, solidify, amplify.

In order to arrive at the new year’s plan, Fedruzzi says he spoke to customers, the IWBI team, and other stakeholders to advance the organization's mission. “When companies recognize that they can implement WELL for less than what their employees spend on coffee in a year, with the possibility of greater productivity, fewer absences due to illness, and lower insurance usage, they become very interested,” Fedrizzi adds.

Besides enhancements to the rating system, the WELL AP credential ​for professionals who want to be be part of the WELL Building community will make it easier to get certification that reduces documentation costs, verification and expenses associated with them.

He added they have drafted in the expertise of public health and human resources professionals and C-Suite executives who realize that healthier buildings mean healthier people, and consequently happier, more productive people. These professional will have ready access to educa​​tional materials such as exam prep materials as well as in-person and online courses.

IWBI is also increasing it​s market base in China, Australia and the United Kingdom,​ besides increasing ​opportunities for IWBI teams to be with customers in-person and online​. For that matter,​ IWBI will establish working groups of core users around building types, so input about the rating system, the registration and certification process, education and information needs can be captured and acted on in real time.

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