The WELL Building Standard takes a human-centric approach to constructed environments.
THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE ‘Q’ – THE REGISTRY’S PRINT PUBLICATION – IN OCTOBER 2016
Jacob Bourne | The Registry
The building revolution in sustainability brought about by LEED has a collaborative counterpart in the WELL Building Standard, which guides design and policies focusing on human health and wellness for offices and other environments. After WELL piloted for two years, it was officially launched October 2014 in New Orleans by its creator, Delos. Today there are projects in over 24 countries registered under the WELL Standard. The 266 publicly registered projects represent about 55 million square feet of space constructed using the Standard, though the numbers are significantly higher including projects registered privately. WELL was envisioned and is emerging as a set of building principles that function cooperatively with LEED to usher in a future of building construction that serves both the needs of environmental sustainability and human health. About 20 percent of WELL Standard features overlap with those of LEED...
BCCI Construction, headquartered in San Francisco at 1160 Battery Street, is in the final stages of acquiring WELL certification, in addition to LEED, for its main office and awaits performance verification results.
“We have our own sustainability department, so it was important for us to walk the talk by getting certified.”Kena David, Sustainability Manager, BCCI Construction
BCCI also worked on a SoMa office development at 85 Bluxome Street, which participated in the WELL pilot project; this was BCCI’s first introduction to the WELL Standard and spurred the company to promote it to other clients, as well. BCCI currently has projects in San Jose and Texas that are working towards this certification. Interest in WELL has been reported along the corridor from San Francisco to San Jose, from the tech sector and others including universities and municipalities.
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