WELL & Fitwel

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The WELL Building Standard, from the International Well Buildings Institute (IWBI), is closely modeled on LEED but is focused exclusively on occupant health (which is just one of numerous factors in LEED).

The WELL standard encompasses seven health and wellness categories or “concepts”:

  • Air

  • Water

  • Nourishment

  • Light

  • Fitness

  • Comfort

  • Mind

As with LEED, each category includes prerequisites (or “preconditions”) and credits (“optimizations”). WELL buildings can be certified to three levels: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Officially launched in 2014, WELL is buoyed by the industry’s strong interest in health, but the high cost of WELL relative to LEED and other programs has been an obstacle for many projects.

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    Reports, Courses, Study Guides, Live Webinars

    BuildingGreen offers the best available WELL AP Exam study guide, and the only one you'll need. This study guide is designed for an individual studying for the exam, and includes multiple practice exams.

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    News Analysis

    WELL v2 responds to criticism about cost and excessive requirements.

  • Introduction to Fitwel Certification
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    Join BuildingGreen and GreenStep for an on-demand webcast on Fitwel certification to get familiar with this rating system and learn how to prepare for the Fitwel Ambassador exam. You can also earn continuing education credits.

  • Introduction to WELL Certification
    April 20, 2018


    Healthy interiors and wellbeing are the trending buzzwords of sustainable design. In this hour-long on-demand webcast, GreenStep Education's Alex Spilger will walk you through the seven concepts within WELL and describe what sets it apart from other frameworks such as LEED and Fitwel. He will also discuss the WELL AP credential and how to best approach studying for the exam.

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    Feature Article

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  • Healthier Affordable Housing Thanks to Fitwel and Fannie Mae
    December 11, 2017

    News Brief

    A new program offers reduced interest rates plus a refund on Fitwel certification fees.

  • BuildingGreen’s Guide to Products for WELL Projects
    July 7, 2016

    Product Guide

    This list summarizes the primary ways that building products show up in WELL. The links embedded in the list go to product collections organized by product category. 

  • Green Building Remains Strong in Commercial Sector
    November 6, 2017

    News Brief

    A recent survey indicates that, though the value of sustainability is widely recognized in corporate real estate, many cite cost as the primary obstacle.

  • When Health and Real Estate Come Together
    November 6, 2017

    News Brief

    Fitwel and GRESB are partnering to make health part of investment decisions.    

  • Case Study: Structure Tone Headquarters, New York, NY
    June 6, 2017

    News Analysis

    Well-being at Work: The first WELL-certified project in New York City supports employee health and promotes collaboration.