WELL building standards – encourage healthy and active lifestyles

WELL certified spaces can lead to a built environment that helps to improve the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep, comfort and performance of its occupants. This is achieved in part by implementing strategies, programs and technologies designed to encourage healthy, more active lifestyles and reducing occupant exposure to harmful chemicals and pollutants.

The WELL building standard comprises of seven integral components – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind as indicated in the WELL Building standard extract below:

It is imperative that we not just look at energy, water and waste but also more importantly look at the wellness quotient of buildings and ensure that we design, construct and operate buildings that take care of the health, and well-being of its occupants. As designers, we can make use of well-established tools such as the WELL Building Standard as a technical framework to ensure our designs and specifications address some of the key attributes for healthier buildings.

As Sir Winston Churchill put it, “we shape our buildings; thereafter they us.” It is indeed true that what we do is what we become and hence it is critical that for our future generations, we not only leave a legacy of green built environments but also very importantly, healthy buildings for all.