International WELL Building Institute Releases WELL Version 2
Last week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) officially launched the pilot program for the WELL Version 2 Building Standard (V2). Since its inception in 2014, Version 1 has witnessed rapid growth and global support, with 892 registered projects from 34 countries to date. V2 seeks to build on past successes, while adapting to user reactions and expertise from the scientific, construction, and design communities.
Feedback from V1
Of all feedback received from Version 1, a common theme includes the onerous effort required for certain project types to meet the minimum level of compliance for certification; particularly in existing buildings. IWBI addresses this concern head-on with structural changes to the program format and weighting system. V2 is currently launched as a pilot for this reason, with the intent to continue co-development of the program with industry experts and user feedback. The primary focus of the pilot is to promote a consistency of thought about healthy living while expanding user flexibility to achieve their healthy living goals. In addition, V2 consolidates previous versions of the standard and pilot programs into One WELL, designed to be applied across all project types.
Among the many changes in V2, highlights include:
- The 7 Concepts have been rearranged and expanded into 10 Concept categories
- Updated scoring system with weighted features
- Reduction in total number of preconditions – minimum certification levels now require at least 2 optimizations in each concept to be achieved
- Introduction of WELL CORE specifically tuned for core & shell projects
- On-site performance testing may now be conducted by 3rd party agencies
- Expanded WELL coaching program
- New pricing structure with flat-rate fees and optional subscription packages
For more resources on V2, visit the IWBI website to view available tools, including a comprehensive overview: https://www.wellcertified.com/node/4582. For updates to the WELL pricing structure, use the following link: https://v2.wellcertified.com/pricing.
GHT performed the MEP design and WELL & LEED program certification for American Society of Interior Designers, which achieved WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certification for their office space in Washington, DC. This is the first project in the world to achieve Platinum certification under both building standards! Many other owners and Fortune 500 tenants have approached us with interest in the WELL Building Standard, but are unsure of the level of commitment required and associated costs. Contact us to work out a project estimate and make the informed decision.
Brad McNiff, PE, LEED AP, WELL AP is a Mechanical Designer and Senior Associate at GHT Limited. He specializes in sustainable mechanical engineering design for commercial office buildings and interior spaces. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.