Achieving Proof of Well Being

Move over, LEED certification. There’s a new industry standard on the block.

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Move over, LEED certification. There’s a new industry standard on the block.

WELL is not exactly a competitor. It’s more of a complementary certification. The U.S. Green Building Council’s well-established LEED measures the energy efficiency of a building; the International Well Building Institute’s new WELL evaluates a building’s impact on occupant health and well-being. Still an emerging phenomenon, it is gaining acceptance from several industry players and is expected by creators of the standard to eventually achieve LEED’s popularity and presence as a standard practice.

While wellness certifications have been applied to multi-family dwellings, hotels and restaurants, it is now being extended to the corporate sector. In fact, CBRE Group Inc.’s new global corporate headquarters in downtown Los Angeles is the world’s first commercial office space to be certified under the WELL Building Standard pilot program.

Read the full interview in the March 2014 issue of CPE. Access is free!