What is it?
A certification program for buildings focusing on optimizing
occupant health, encouraging healthy habits, increasing
employee productivity, and improving quality of life.
How does it work?
Your property undergoes a site assessment to determine
what modifications you’ll need to make to achieve WELL
certification. An experienced WELL Accredited Professional
will guide you through the process and advise you on
modifications as required. When you’re done, the International
WELL Building Institute, through its collaboration with the
Green Building Certification Institute, will conduct on-site
performance tests to ensure your compliance with silver, gold,
or platinum certification levels. Recertification is required every
How are buildings judged?
Facilities are assessed according to seven categories:
air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
Certification requires you to comply with all seven, using
recommended techniques like these to achieve a healthier
INSIDE THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD
The only building certification focusing exclusively on human health
THE REAL COST OF UNHEALTHY WORKPLACES
What is your organization paying for?
Air: Remove airborne contaminants with strategies that include
prevention, ionization, filtration, and infusion.
Water: Remove contaminants such as chlorine and other
disinfectant byproducts, dissolved minerals, sediment, bacteria,
and calcium carbonate through filtration, treatment, and infusion.
Nourishment: Provide occupants with design features and
knowledge to enable healthier food choices.
Light: Improve occupants’ sleep, energy, mood, and
productivity through window performance and design, light
output, lighting controls, and light therapy.
Fitness: Ensure access to numerous opportunities for
aerobic, strength, and flexibility training so occupants can
accommodate fitness regimens within their daily schedules.
Comfort: Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free,
productive, soothing, and protected using design standards,
controllability, and policy implementation.
Mind: Implement design and technology strategies that
support mental and emotional health in two ways – actively by
providing occupants with feedback and knowledge about their
environment, and passively by incorporating design elements,
relaxation modalities, and state-of-the-art technology.
Obesity is widely recognized as the
most costly risk factor for chronic
disease, affecting nearly one-third
of workers. However, treatment
for depression carries nearly twice
the per-person costs of obesity,
making it a costly problem despite
its lower average prevalence. Figure
out where to focus well-being
initiatives by determining which
conditions are most common in
your organization, then multiplying
their prevalence by cost.
DELOS / INTERNA TIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE
RISK FACTOR $PP $/CAPITA PREVALENCE
Ten Modifiable Health Risk Factors Are Linked to More Than One-Fifth of
Employer-Employee Healthcare Spending. Health Affairs, 31, 2472-2484.
High stress $413 $38 17%
Tobacco use $587 $106 22%
Obesity $1,091 $347 32%
Physical inactivity $606 $178 36%
High blood glucose $1,653 $104 10%
Depression $2,184 $128 11%
High blood pressure $1,378 $80 8%