International WELL Building Institute launches WELL v2

IWBI launches latest version of WELL Building Standard – WELL v2.

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard – WELL v2, following two years of extensive development, in-use application and review.

“Better buildings, vibrant communities and stronger organisations have been at the core of our mission since we launched WELL in 2014,” said IWBI chairman and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi.

“It was a long road to get here, but we’ve confirmed that WELL v2 is implacably strong, robust and resilient in the face of every challenge. From a global pandemic to social justice, WELL v2 has proved to be a relevant, scalable and global rating system that’s responsive, inclusive, technically robust, customer-focused and applicable for any organization or space type.”

According to IWBI, WELL v2 is a vehicle for buildings and organisations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that contribute to improved human health and well-being.

It includes a set of strategies that aim to enhance human health through design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.

Built upon the pioneering foundation of the first version of the WELL Building Standard (WELL v1), WELL v2 draws expertise from a diverse community of WELL users, medical and design practitioners, public health professionals and building scientists around the world.

WELL v2 consolidates previous iterations and pilots into a single rating system that is designed to accommodate all project types and sectors.

The system is intended to grow in specificity and specialty over time, adapting to accommodate diverse project types and geographies and in response to new evidence and ever-evolving public health imperatives.

The standard is centered on 10 concepts – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community – that impact human health and well-being.

IWBI president Rachel Gutter said the WELL Building Standard helps people to work, live, perform and feel their best.

“Since the launch of the WELL v2 pilot in 2018, we’ve worked tirelessly to incorporate feedback from thousands of members of our global community – making certain that no stone was left unturned, no strategy left unexamined and no topic left untested. Now, as WELL v2 has graduated from pilot stage, this moment marks the culmination of years of co-creation that will ripple throughout buildings, communities and organisations throughout the world.”

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