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WELL Scales Across Every Dimension

By Rick Fedrizzi
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Healthy people through better buildings: That’s our daily focus here at the International WELL Building Institute.

With your help and support, we’re proud to anchor a shared community that has been hard at work. Together, we’re building on the vast global infrastructure of green buildings and communities, and sharpening the focus of that work on the people who use them for habitat, commerce, knowledge and fun.

New Workplace Design Trends Promote Well-Being, Collaboration and Flexibility

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In a quest to create healthier office environments, more employers have embraced the scientific research behind modern office design. There’s even a high-tech facility called the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and Delos, that hosts studies on “how the indoor environment influences health, well-being and performance, from stress to sleep quality, physical fitness to productivity.”

Make Your Real Estate Decisions Healthy Decisions

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I can give you the statistics: Healthcare in America is more than 17% of the GDP. 20 diseases account for fully half of America’s health care spend, with diabetes, heart disease and hypertension being three of the top five causes. In the midst of the debate going on in the US about how to pay for healthcare, these are sobering numbers for sure.

The Rise of Health Metrics in ESG Investing

by Stephanie Timm, PhD and Whitney Austin Gray, PhD
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Some of the world’s most sophisticated investors have been using Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data for years to help identify companies that perform well over time in the market.Their belief that high ESG scores correlate with high corporate financial performance is now supported by a large and rapidly growing body of research. Deutsche Bank’s much-discussed study, for example, found that 2,200 of ESG studies conducted between 1970 to 2015 report a positive ESG–Corporate Financial Performance (CFP) relation.2

Working WELL, Being WELL Event at HOK’s New York Office

HOK’s New York office hosted a panel discussion to explore the many benefits of implementing the WELL Building Standard in workplaces.
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The WELL standard was created from evidence-based guidelines for healthier buildings. It outlines best practices for improving the health and wellness of building occupants, from using non-toxic paints to encouraging the use of stairs and limiting access to junk food.

WELL Tip: A Guide to WELL Consulting

by Melanie Koch, IWBI Technical Solutions
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At our WELL AP meet-up in May, we journeyed through the WELL Certification timeline from beginning to end. In addition to providing a deep dive into each step in the WELL Certification process, we debuted new templates and resources crafted to help set our WELL APs up for success in their work.

If you’re a WELL AP or want to know more about the integral role WELL consultants play throughout the WELL Certification process, check out our guide to WELL consulting.

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At our WELL AP meet-up in May, we journeyed through the WELL Certification timeline from beginning to end. In addition to providing a deep dive into each step in the WELL Certification process, we debuted new templates and resources crafted to help set our WELL APs up for success in their work.

If you’re a WELL AP or want to know more about the integral role WELL consultants play throughout the WELL Certification process, check out our guide to WELL consulting.

WELL Tip: How to Craft a Successful Alternative Adherence Path (AAP)

by Kate Rube
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Is your project team struggling to meet the requirements of a WELL feature?

Every WELL project is different, so it’s not uncommon for project teams to encounter unique, nuanced or complex elements that could make it hard to comply with certain WELL Building Standard feature requirements. That’s why we encourage project teams to leverage Alternative Adherence Path’s (AAPs) to pursue new and alternative strategies to meet the intent of WELL features or feature parts.

Design for Wellness: Strategies to Unite Health & Design

by Madeleine Evans
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Design can be about many things: beauty, symmetry, color - but one of the most powerful elements of building and space design is the opportunity to impact and improve the health and well-being of people. Through thoughtful design choices like strategic placement of drinking water stations, selection of non-toxic materials and lighting that aligns with the body’s circadian rhythms, designers can be ambassadors for public health, a mission that we wholeheartedly believe in.

Surprise! What LCA Reveals about the Built Environment and the Circular Economy

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Life cycle assessment (LCA) has gained significant traction in the green building sector as a tool for evaluating the environmental performance of building materials and products, especially since USGBC LEED began recognizing LCA-based Environmental Product Declarations.  As manufacturers and stakeholders have learned, LCA supports t

The International WELL Building Institute™ and ILFI Partner on “Crosswalk” to Align Two​ ​Ratings Systems

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SEATTLE, May 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™), have agreed to work collaboratively to promote the design, construction and operation of healthy and restorative buildings. The two organizations will work together to identify opportunities to align the two rating systems, coordinate events and education offerings, and promote building practices that significantly raise the standard of what buildings should be.

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