WELL & Fitwel

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OVERVIEW

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.