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WELL BUILDING STANDARD™

WELL certification ™ for new and existing buildings and interiors is a new tool for measuring and evaluating the internal environment parameters that affect the health and well-being of users.

Ing. Lenka Matějíčková

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The current growing interest of developers in so-called green building certification (sometimes referred to as LEED or BREEAM Green Buildings) brings with it new challenges for designing and operating all types of buildings - administrative, commercial centers, industrial plants or residential buildings. In order for a building to be classified as gentle, it must respect the essential nature of sustainability; in other words, such a building should, for example, be located in such a place as to promote its easy accessibility to its users, other than by means of passenger cars, it must use water and energy economically to operate it. Great emphasis is placed on the use of recycled or local materials or products, and last but not least, the building must also provide its users with a pleasant environment.

The WELL evaluation system is based on the implementation of several key factors with a significant impact on the well-being of the user himself, which has long been explored by experts in the US under the auspices of the International WELL Building Institute ™ (IWBI ™). WELL certification should guarantee a pleasant work environment, among other things, because the gain of this certificate must be backed by measuring the key environmental parameters of an independent third party.

 WELL certification covers 7 basic areas:

  • Air (29 credits) - optimization and quality of indoor air; strategies for the prevention and elimination of air pollution during operation.
  • Water (8 credits) – optimizing water quality while ensuring its availability; strategies for filtration and water purification.
  • Nutrition (15 credits) – healthy eating promotion; understanding nutritional values.
  • Light (11 credits) – the harmony of the circadian rhythm (biorhythm describing activity and vigilance fluctuations approximately with a 24-hour period), the level of illumination with an emphasis on natural daylight; window locations and screen shielding.
  • Fitness (8 credits) – increase of physical activity. 
  • Comfort (11 credits) – elimination of disturbing elements; productive and reassuring environment; thermal and acoustic comfort.
  • Mins (19 credits) – mental and emotional health support.

Each of the seven areas is divided into credits that are either mandatory or optional. To obtain a certificate, all required parts must be met. A higher level of certification will only be granted to buildings that receive a certain number of optional credits within each of the areas. To maintain a valid certificate, recertification is required every 3 years.

Office building certification

WELL Building Standard ™ can be used for a new construction or an existing building used by the owner of the building for at least 90% of its surface. In another case, the building can be certified in the Core & Shell range, roughly equivalent to 25% owner / 75% tenant. In addition, it is possible to certify the rental installation for both New and Existing Interiors.


Certification of other types of buildings

For the certification of non-office buildings, so-called pilot programs are used in which minor changes and modifications are possible compared to WELL Building Standard ™. In some cases, pilot programs may or may not be combined.

  • Retail – místa, kde zákazníci mohou vidět a nakoupit zboží
  • Residential – self-standing buildings in which there are at least five households
  • Educational – buildings in which education is provided to students of any age
  • Restaurants – places where customers buy and consume food (not including kitchens where food is prepared)
  • Commercial kitchens– places where chefs prepare dishes for other building users (this pilot program must always be combined with another pilot program, eg: Restaurant)

The gradual application of pilot programs contributes to the future development of specific standards for these types of buildings.

WELL certified buildings or rental premises will provide a measurable impact on the health, well-being and enjoyment of users. Among other things, it will guarantee a higher performance of people in the workplace and will contribute to prosperity across the entire company. Leading LEED or BREEAM Buildings certification will also create a very valuable concept for building sustainability.

Number of fit-outs ceritfied (New and Existing Interiors)

1             Australia, Brazil, Canada, Swiss, UK

2             China

11          USA

143        worldwide projects registred (0 in CZ)

Number of buildings certified (Core & Shell)

1             France, USA, Canada

7             pre-certificated in China

109        worldwide projects registred (1 in CZ, Vinohradská, 3400 m2, 10/2016)

Number of new buildings certified (New construction)

0             worldwide projects certified 

36          worldwide projects registred (25 in USA, 3 in Netherlands, 1 in France and Spain, 0 in CZ)

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Ing. Lenka Matějíčková

Head of Sustainability Ask me a question