CaGBC® and the WELL Building Standard™ in Canada

 

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The Canada Green Building Council
 is working with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in the Canadian market.

What is WELL?

WELL is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing.

WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. WELL Certified™ spaces and WELL Core and Shell Compliant™ developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of its occupants. Certification allows building owners and employers to know that their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness.

WELL v1.0 for commercial and institutional Offices and Pilot standard addenda for Education, Retail, Multifamily Residential, Restaurant and Commercial Kitchen are available for download at WELLcertified.com/standard.

The Connection to LEED®

WELL is designed to work harmoniously with LEED and other international leading green building systems. In addition, third-party certification for WELL is provided through the International WELL Building Institute's (IWBI) collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the same organization that administers LEED certification.

A number of overlapping features exist between WELL and LEED, which are described in detail in the appendices of the WELL Building Standard.

A finely-tuned standard

WELL is the culmination of seven years of rigorous research in collaboration with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals. Pioneered by Delos®, WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and is third-party certified through GBCI.

To learn more, please visit WELLcertified.com and watch this page as the CaGBC helps the Canadian market adopt WELL across the country.

The Seven Concepts of the WELL Building Standard

WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors, or concepts.

For more information on the seven concepts, visit WELLcertified.com/well.


Levels of WELL Certification

There are three levels of WELL Certification: Silver, Gold and Platinum. WELL is composed of over 100 features, and WELL Certification is achieved when projects demonstrate all precondition Features higher certification levels above Silver can be achieved by pursuing optimization features.

  • Silver level certification is achieved by meeting 100% of the preconditions applicable to the typology in all concepts.
  • Gold level certification is achieved by meeting 100% of the preconditions applicable to the typology, as well as 40% or more of the optimizations.
  • Platinum level certification is achieved by meeting 100% of the preconditions applicable to the typology, as well as 80% or more of the optimizations.

For more information on WELL Certification, visit WELLcertified.com/certification.