Over the course of our work, we encounter a wide number of companies and organizations aiming to comply with sustainability standards and achieve certifications. These standards and certifications can help building owners and managers elevate the momentum of the healthy building movement and show that their properties are safer, healthier, and more sustainable than non-certified built environments. 

The WELL Building Standard® is one of the building standards that is commonly used within the commercial real estate industry. With its high demand and popularity, many projects are seeking more knowledge about the WELL Building Standard®, its requirements, and the process to take. This article will provide a quick yet comprehensive overview of the WELL Building Standard® and how uHoo Aura can be used to earn scores for your WELL project. 

What is WELL Building Standard®

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system to measure, certify, and monitor certain building features that highly impact human health, safety, and wellbeing. The WELL Building Standard® is managed by the International WELL Building Institute or IWBI, an organization that aims to transform and improve health in built environments, communities, and organizations globally. 

The WELL Building Standard® had its first version which was organized into seven categories:  Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. In 2020, WELL expanded the categories (WELL v2™) which is more comprehensive and focuses on concepts including:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Nourishment
  • Light
  • Movement
  • Thermal comfort
  • Sound
  • Materials
  • Mind
  • Community

The WELL Building Standard® provides three basic levels in which a building project can be verified. These levels are performance ratings, certifications, and WELL at scale. 

Performance ratings are health achievements in specific areas such as heath, safety, performance, and equity. This can be earned as a standalone designation or as an avenue towards single building certification. 

Certification covers all of the ten categories of WELL and has more stringent requirements. Certification has various levels such as bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

WELL at scale is the most efficient way to improve their health efforts across multiple locations at once. WELL at Scale subscribers gain access to everything that WELL offers including unlimited certifications and ratings, concierge technical service and strategic ESG and market support.

Benefits of  WELL Building Standard®

  • Businesses become more able to address employee burnout
  • Creating a culture that considers mental health
  • Nourishes workplace belongingness, diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Attracting and retaining top talents
  • Improving employee engagement, productivity, and work performance
  • Strengthens commitment to occupant health and safety
  • Boosts the organization’s and the building’s brand value

How does uHoo Aura conforms  to WELL Building Standard® Certification Requirements? 

The uHoo Aura is fully equipped to meet a good number of requirements for the WELL Building Standard®. Take a look at the table enumerating the WELL Building Standard®’s certification requirements that are met by uhoo Aura’s features and capabilities. 

 

WELL Requirements Features met by uHoo Aura
AO1: Air Quality (Precondition) Part 1: Meet Thresholds For Particulate Matter

Part 2: Meet Thresholds For Organic Gasses

Part 3: Meet Thresholds For Inorganic Gasses

Part 5: Measure Air Parameters

AO5: Enhanced Air Quality  Part 1: Meet Enhanced Thresholds For Particulate Matter(2 Points)

Part 2: Meet Enhanced Thresholds For Organic Gasses(1 Point)

Part 3: Meet Enhanced Thresholds For Inorganic Gasses(1 Point)

AO8: Air Quality Monitoring and Awareness Part 1: Install Indoor Air Monitors(1 Point)

Part 2: Promote Air Quality Awareness(1 Point)

LO1: Light Exposure (Precondition) Part 1: Provide Indoor Light
TO1: Thermal Comfort (Precondition) Part 1: Provide Acceptable Thermal Environment
TO6: Thermal Comfort Monitoring Part 1: Monitor Thermal Environment(1 Point)
TO7: Humidity Control Part 1: Manage Relative Humidity(Max: 1 Point)
SO2: Maximum Noise Levels Part 1: Limit Background Noise Levels(Max: 3 Points)
SO6: Minimum Background Sound Part 1: Provide Minimum Background Sound(1 Point)

Part 2: Provide Enhanced Speech Reduction (1 Point)

TOTAL POINTS 13 points + preconditions

 

WELL also has an Innovation feature that allows building projects to propose innovations and earn 1 point each. 

Ready to discover more about how uHoo Aura can help you become WELL-certified?

 

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