SMRT healthcare architect Rebecca S. Casey, AIA, joins the emerging vanguard of U.S. and international design professionals credentialed in the WELL Building StandardTM, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to incorporate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. The science-based WELL Standard integrates leading practices in building design and management with innovative, research-backed strategies to advance health, happiness, mindfulness and productivity in buildings and communities. Its prerequisites and optimizations are divided into seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
As a healthcare architect, Casey sees WELL principles already reflected in the design and construction of medical institutions, but points out they are applicable to workplaces of all varieties and could be most effective for buildings with large numbers of occupants, including science and technology, corporate and education facilities.
“Lifestyle and environmental factors comprise 60-70% of our health determinants,” Casey says. “Given the tremendous task of getting population health on track and the reality that we spend 90% of our time indoors, I see tremendous potential for WELL certification to improve those factors for whole groups of people that use any given facility.”
Considered the next generation of sustainability in the workplace, the WELL Standard differs from LEED in its focus on the people in a building rather than environmental impacts. WELL and LEED certifications have some alignment, however, and are both administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The certification exam is based on the expertise of leading practitioners in the field of design, health and wellness in the built environment.
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