WELL Building Standard – Healthy architecture

WELL Building Standard is the main standard for interior spaces and communities that seek to implement, validate and measure characteristics that back and improve general health and human wellbeing.

¿Did you know that we spend 90% of our life inside buildings? ¿Did you know that these spaces can be up to 5 times more polluted than the exterior? Its unavoidably is evident that our environment had a direct impact on our physical and psychological health, apart from the daily work at the office. Well Building Standard exists to take care of all the aspects that intervene in the quality of life of the people.

This standard integrates scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioral factors, health outcomes, and demographic risk factors affecting health with leading practices in building design and management

It also leads the global movement to transform buildings and communities in ways people can keep improving.

The WELL Building Standard underwent an exhaustive expert peer review process, which included three phases: a medical, professional and scientific review.

It is based on 7 concepts:

AIR: Creating optimal indoor air quality to support the health and well-being of building occupants.

WATER: Encouraging the consumption of clean and safe water through filtration media and other methods, and require different types of quality for different types of use.

FOOD: having fresh and healthy food, limiting unhealthy ingredients, and encouraging eating habits and a culture of eating.

PHYSICAL STATUS: enabling the smooth integration of exercise and fitness into daily life by providing physical characteristics and components that support an active and healthy lifestyle.

LIGHT: providing lighting guidelines to minimize disruption of the body’s circadian system, improve productivity and provide appropriate visual acuity. Require specialized lighting systems to increase alertness, enhance the occupant’s experience, and promote sleep.

COMFORT: establishing requirements to create a distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environment.

MIND: Demanding design, technology and treatment strategies to provide a physical environment that optimizes emotional and cognitive health.