Welcome to WELL | Lessons Learned from DC’s First WELL Projects

1 AIA Learning Unit – Health, Safety & Wellness (GHT-ME-083017)
1 GBCI CE Hour (0920015384)

With the introduction of the WELL Building Standard® in 2014, increased emphasis has been placed on the role of occupant health and comfort in the built environment. By using evidence-based research and performance-based monitoring, the WELL Building Standard® provides a new set of guidelines for designers, engineers, contractors and building owners to develop spaces which improve human health.

This presentation, led by WELL Accredited Professional Brad McNiff, introduces the WELL Building Standard® and key concepts of this new sustainable rating system. An overview is provided on each of the 7 concepts, including preconditions, optimizations, and lessons learned from two recent WELL-certified projects in the District of Columbia: the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) DC Headquarters and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) DC Headquarters. At the conclusion of the presentation, similarities to LEED and cost implications are also addressed.

  • Learning Objective 1: Become familiar with the WELL Building Standard® and its development as a sustainable building rating standard
  • Learning Objective 2: Recognize and understand the differences between preconditions and optimizations
  • Learning Objective 3: Recognize synergies with the LEED rating system and understand lessons learned from recent WELL certified projects
  • Learning Objective 4: Recognize and identify which WELL features impact the MEP design of a project