The Well Building Standard: getting the measure of health and productivity

The Well Building Standard is claimed to be the first evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring building features that impact on health and wellbeing. Liza Young reports.

London’s 22 Bishopsgate is the first project in the UK to be registered for Well Building Standard (Well) certification. The rating tool, administered by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) in America, aims to give a single ‘wellness’ rating for buildings.The standard puts health and wellness at the centre of design and construction decisions, in an effort to create more productive offices for staff. As well as forcing up the quality of buildings – where we spend more than 90% of our time – some experts believe the measure will raise the rental yield for property owners. But others, such as BSRIA’s Rod Bunn, believe something as subjective as wellbeing cannot – and should not – be measured and distilled into a single rating.

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