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WGBW 2017

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement organised by WorldGBC and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies. Watch out for further details as the plans for 2017 develop.

Did you know that buildings contribute to climate change? They account for over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. But that can change.

When buildings are net zero they use clean energy, are highly efficient and don’t waste energy – helping us to win the fight against climate change. That makes them heroes. Let’s make all buildings net zero by 2050.

#OurHeroIsZero

World Green Building Week, 25 September to 1 October 2017, is an annual event that empowers the green building community to deliver green buildings for everyone, everywhere. Buildings can be heroes in the fight against climate change – and so can you.

Join the movement – by downloading our resourcesadding your actions to our Hero Action Map, or by signing up to our Thunderclap social media campaign.

What is a net zero building?

Net zero buildings are highly energy-efficient buildings which generate or supply the energy they need to operate from renewable sources – like solar energy – to achieve net zero carbon emissions. They are the homes, offices, shops, stadiums and theatres of the future.

But net zero buildings aren’t only about carbon emissions and energy. We recognise that the term “net zero” can be applied to water and waste, and can be used in reference to these during the operation of a building (e.g. operating emissions) or across the whole lifecycle of a building, from the extraction of raw materials to deconstruction and disposal (e.g. emboded carbon).

Why is the shift to net zero important?

If we continue to emit greenhouse gases at current rates, we are headed for a world where global temperature rises will exceed two degrees. Keeping the temperature rise below two degrees, within the limits set out in the Paris Agreement, means we avoid the most extreme impacts of climate change.

In order to achieve this target, we have set two goals:

  1. All new buildings must operate at net zero carbon from 2030
  2. 100% of buildings – new and existing – must operate at net zero carbon by 2050

We recognise that this is not easy and will not happen over night, and we applaud all efforts on green buildings – not just those on net zero – that help us on our journey to a net zero carbon built environment by 2050 [from World GBC web site].

My World Green Building Week 2017 (find me on the map :-))

  • Event: RESTORE Core Group meeting
    Date: September 26, 2017
    Time: 10:00 am
    Address: Avenue Louise 149
    1050 Brussels (Belgium)
    URL: http://www.eurestore.eu/
  • Event: IEQ Working Group 2017 General Assembly
    Date: September 27, 2017
    Time: 1:30 pm
    Address: Via Alessandro Volta 13a
    39100 Bolzano (Italy)
    URL: https://www.idm-suedtirol.com/en/

The RESTORE web site is online.

The RESTORE web site is on line 😊

We are happy to announce that the RESTORE website is now up and running. You can visit it at http://www.eurestore.eu

The RESTORE Action aims at a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, health and wellbeing inside and outside buildings, in harmony with urban ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

The RESTORE website is designed to provide you the most important information about RESTORE COST Action. You will be able to find all necessary details about the people involved, their work, the work and outputs from the Working Groups, but also about Short Training Scientific Mission funding opportunities and Training Schools.

Many sections of the website are still under development, but our goal is to make these web pages your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

A reminder that applications for our First Training School are now invited. Please spread the word and be sure to apply if you are at all interested in Restorative Sustainability. Click here for more information.

Our goal is to make this page your hub for RESTORE information. We plan to communicate and disseminate the outcomes of the Action, but we also want to provide you with the information about the activities and involvement of our members. If you are organising any kind of event that might be of interest of other RESTORE participants, please contact us. We will happily share the information.

We look forward to seeing you engage with other RESTORE participants through the important and vibrant discussions and information sharing on our Twitter account and Facebook pages.

The website is based upon work from COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, supported by COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Copyright © 2017 COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, All rights reserved.

  

 

 

 

Feeling REGENERATED, at last.

Five takeaways from REGENERATION 2017, 3rd edition.

Another edition (the third) is gone and I think of the punctual and constant work we did in these five months (yes, that is what it takes to organize REGENERATION) to get the most out of these 64 hours (from Wednesday, 26 at 9 o’ clock, to Friday 28, April night at 1 AM, April 29) super-concentrated of enthusiasm, innovation, creativity, internationality and robust technical skills.

I’m often flattering myself that the process is so well-known that I’m not able to grasp the differences between one edition and another. But every time the surprise catches me, little by little as I cross the Centrale Fies gates the days before; I feel the energy that is coming up. It’s never the same experience and I’m fond of people and teams (people make teams …) and so impressed with their willingness to give the best of themselves for a common end result. Also this time it was different, these are my five main take-aways.

1. The force is in the group

People make the group. Thus begins, the theoretical exercise that we make every year at the end of the selection process, to form groups as much balanced as we can. We try to balance everything: architects and engineers, Italians and foreigners (but we are all Europeans, what really changes between an engineer from Turin and a Slovakian architect?), males and females (yes, “males and females”, not “men and women”, as we used to say when we were kids and we went to school ;-), age (the teams are more or less of the same average age, about thirty years old), the areas of sustainability (energy, water or materials? ), curricula, graduates, doctorates, masters, experiences, projects’ portfolio, etc. etc. etc.

YELLOW team

Then, throughout the workshop, little by little, it is the group that emerges, it is the group that makes people, and among three teams theoretically perfectly balanced, in the end there is only one who wins; and it is always, I say always, the best-knit. Dynamics, synergies, continuous confrontation, optimism, and a pinch of calm in the creative disorder. After three years I know how you can win REGENERATION 😉

2. If energy is limitless.

Energy begins to grow in the days before the start of REGENERATION. We do the inspections and each time I understand that no coincidence brought us here. Here, where the Fies hydroelectric plant started producing in 1909 to cover the energy needs of the city of Trento, the factory continues to produce creative energy. Energy is not unlimited and it is consumed, someone would think. But when it comes to competition, energy instead of being consumed, is produced, by the quiet and constant interaction of the 15 participants. It’s a renewable energy, actually.

BLUE team (with Martin Brown, tutor)

This year, unlike the previous editions, we anticipated the entire program of half a day, to allow young professionals to conclude the three projects within Friday night, at 1 AM. But they started to stay up late (3, 4, …) already from the first night. When creativity is bulimia. 64 hours x 5 people = 320 men/women hours… I thought they would have been completely squeezed on Friday night… nothing, they were more or less as fresh as a daisy. Energy regenerates. And it is contagious.

3. Living Building Challenge. We can do it.

Once again the Living Building Challenge has been won. You can re-qualify a building with a zero environmental impact; yes, you can do it and it’s also fun. In 2015, the first REGENERATION building was the municipal library of Dro (1975), a building with good potential for transformation, also in relation to the nearby Sarca River. Last year, for the second edition, an additional complication, a historic building with preservation constraints – the Arco Bus Station (1891) – and also in this case the teams (all of them) did it.

GREEN team (with Emanuele Naboni, tutor)

This time, we have broadened the range of action, asking the participants to analyze the relationship between the “A. Zadra” elementary school and the Degasperi district, in Riva del Garda. A jump in scale, where you can see the transition between the building and the community, always following the Living Building Challenge philosophy. And even in this case the challenge (technical, architectural, technological, urban planning) was won. I continue to say, and I really start to convince myself, Living Building Challenge buildings are the buildings of the future, like the NZEBs (Nearly Energy Zero Buildings) that will be mandatory in Italy since 2019 according to 2010/31 EU Directive.

4. A replicable model

2015, Dro. 2016, Arco. 2017, Riva del Garda. We arrived at the lake front. A typical 70s building, a historic building, this time a neighborhood. And now? How to go on? The question turns in my head for a while.

The mechanism is running, the scheme works, and the model is replicable. Boundaries are now too small; the gameplay is ready to be re-presented in new contexts. European, like Europeans are the brilliant professionals who come to Fies every year to come out to promote the principles of the Living Building Challenge in their cities and nations. In addition, the surprising results (the three projects submitted are always valid and feasible) triggered by the almost three days of intense work by each of the three teams, clash with the solid procedures practice (policy choices, funding decrees, bidding, permissions, etc., etc.) and enthusiasm is blurred on time. In short, REGENERATION needs a regeneration…

Centrale Fies

5. Genius loci

The Genius loci is a natural and supernatural entity linked to a place and object of worship in the Roman religion. This association between Genius and the physical site originates from the Augustan age. According to Servio, nullus locus sine Genio (no place is without a Genius) (Commentary to Eneide, 5, 95). Genius loci is now understood in architecture to identify the set of socio-cultural, architectural, linguistic, and habitat characteristics that characterize a place, an environment, a city. A transversal term, which deals with the characteristics of an environment interlaced with man and the habits with which he lives in this environment. It indicates the “character” of a place.

There is a genius in the locus of Centrale Fies. Something that was there, that is there now, that has appeared at each REGENERATION, something that remains behind us as we pass the gate in the cold last night, before the final presentations. Some things are really difficult to be written in a call for a design competition…

#REGENERATION

What is REGENERATION?

It is a design workshop – entirely based on the Living Building Challenge standard – in which teams composed of young professionals under 35 years old, are called to develop a project of sustainable requalification of an existing public building for the local community. Every team should respond to specific requirements defined in the announcement Integrative design, synergistic development of the project and sharing of expertise are necessary prerogatives to tackle this challenge. The purpose of the competition is to show the best sustainable regeneration project for the existing building in terms of architecture, energy efficiency, livability and relationship with social, urban and natural context.

3rd edition teams and projects:

YELLOW team (winner): Francesco Perozzo (leader, Italy), Giulia Guglielmo (Italy), Louise Hamot (France), Sonia-Iulia Raetchi (Romania), Eugenijus Sapel (Lithuania). Project: COLSFOOT.

BLUE team: Estelle Cruz (leader, France), Ilaria Lando (Italy), Marco Rossato (Italy), Anamaria Vasile (Romania), Jurgis Zemitis (Latvia). Project: GROWING BUILDING.

GREEN team: Nicolò Santon (leader, Italy), Marta Frolova (Latvia), Federica Grott (Italy), Isabela Manu (Romania), Marian Ontkoc (Slovakia). Project: L’INFINITO.

REGENERATION è il primo concorso di progettazione per giovani (meno di 35 anni) architetti e ingegneri europei interamente basato sul protocollo di sostenibilità dell’ambiente costruito Living Building Challenge, il più rigoroso al mondo. Giunto alla terza edizione, è organizzato da Carlo Battisti con Macro Design Studio e il Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Italy e con il supporto dell’International Living Future Institute di Seattle (WA, USA), l’ente che ha sviluppato e promuove lo standard LBC.

FACEcamp, hub italo-austriaco per facciate ad alte prestazioni.

Un centro di competenza per facilitare lo sviluppo di sistemi avanzati di facciata.

In un edificio la facciata deve assolvere contemporaneamente a diverse funzioni: proteggere dalle intemperie, regolare gli scambi di calore e di energia, permettere un’illuminazione comfortevole e soddisfare una funzione estetica. Nel costruire edifici energeticamente efficienti e in cui si vive bene, la capacità delle aziende di sviluppare facciate complesse sta assumendo negli ultimi anni un ruolo sempre più importante.

foto © IDM/A.Filz

L’esperienza del Gruppo di Lavoro Facciate coordinato da IDM Alto Adige Südtirol prosegue nella realizzazione di un centro di competenza transfrontaliero sulle facciate, all’interno del programma Interreg Italia – Austria. Il progetto (2017-2019) vede Eurac Research come capofila, in compagnia di IDM e delle aziende altoatesine Frener & Reifer e glassAdvisor per la parte italiana, l’Università di Innsbruck e le aziende Bartenbach e HELLA Sonnen- und Wetterschutztechnik per quella austriaca. FACEcamp (FACE = Façades Architecture Construction Engineering) vuole rafforzare la cooperazione transfrontaliera tra imprese e centri per la ricerca e innovazione nel settore dei sistemi di facciata avanzati per la realizzazione di edifici confortevoli ed energeticamente efficienti.

foto: EURAC

L’obiettivo di FACEcamp è anche di sostenere gli attori del settore nella valutazione delle prestazioni delle facciate. Dal 2013, nel laboratorio per l’involucro edilizio, i ricercatori di Eurac Research testano dal punto di vista termico ed energetico componenti e sistemi d’involucro come serramenti, pareti opache e sistemi di facciata avanzati. Tra tre anni, quando il centro sarà in attività, le imprese locali potranno rivolgersi a questo hub per avere un supporto nella ricerca e nello sviluppo di facciate complesse. Nel frattempo, gli esperti dei partner di progetto si focalizzeranno sullo sviluppo di metodi di calcolo e misura per valutare in modo affidabile le prestazioni dei sistemi di facciata, il loro contributo alla qualità degli ambienti dove viviamo e lavoriamo, e gli effetti di diversi tipi di illuminamento sul benessere degli utilizzatori degli edifici.

Interreg V-A Italia – Austria fa parte dei programmi di cooperazione territoriale europea per il periodo 2014-2020. Il programma promuove lo sviluppo equilibrato e sostenibile e l’integrazione armoniosa nell’area di confine tra Italia e Austria. Il programma è finanziato dal Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale (FESR) e da contributi pubblici nazionali per un totale di 98 milioni di euro. Con questi fondi, il programma promuove progetti di cooperazione italiana-austriaca nel campo della ricerca e innovazione, natura e la cultura, espansione delle competenze istituzionali e lo sviluppo regionale a livello locale.

immagine: glassAdvisor

FACEcamp | Kompetenzzentrum zur Unterstützung der Entwicklung moderner Fassadensysteme

Dieser Antrag zielt auf Stärkung und nachhaltige Stabilisierung transnationaler Kooperationen zwischen Firmen und Forschungseinrichtungen auf dem Gebiet moderner Fassadensysteme mit Fokus auf Energieeffizienz, Komfort und Gesundheit ab. Dabei sollen Stakeholder und Firmen bei der Bewältigung planerischer Anforderungen durch moderne Fassadensysteme unterstützt werden.

Das Kooperationsprogramm Interreg V-A Italien-Österreich ist Teil der Förderprogramme im Rahmen des Ziels Europäische territoriale Zusammenarbeit für die Periode 2014-2020. Es fördert die ausgewogene, nachhaltige Entwicklung sowie harmonische Integration im Grenzraum zwischen Italien und Österreich und wird durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) und nationale öffentliche Beiträge in Höhe von insgesamt rund 98 Millionen Euro finanziert. Mit diesen Mitteln fördert das Programm italienisch-österreichische Kooperationsprojekte in den Bereichen Forschung und Innovation, Natur und Kultur, Ausbau institutioneller Kompetenz und Regionalentwicklung auf lokaler Ebene.

foto © IDM/A.Filz

FACEcamp | Competence center to facilitate the development of advanced facade systems

FACEcamp project aims at strengthening a long-term transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the field of advanced façade systems for healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings. FACEcamp goal is to support stakeholders to cope effectively with the facade performances.

The Interreg V-A Italy-Austria programme is a cross border programme under the European Territorial Cooperation Goal for the programming period 2014-2020, aiming to support a balanced and sustainable development and a harmonious integration of the border region between Italy and Austria. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as national public contributions for a total of 98 million euro. With these funds, the programme promotes Italian-Austrian cooperation projects in the fields of research and innovation, nature and culture, institutional capacity and community led local development.

Per maggiori informazioni | mehrere Informationen | for further information: carlo.battisti@idm-suedtirol.com

Come join us for LF17 :-)

Living Future unConference 2017
THE LEADING EVENT FOR REGENERATIVE DESIGN

Living Future unConference is an annual event that attracts disruptive design leaders. Join a cross-industry collaborative network that is creating a healthy built environment.


Celebrate Genius and Courage in all of its forms during the 11th Annual Living Future unConference, May 17-19 in Seattle, WA. Join us for unconventional sessions + dynamic speakers, including Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and Kirsti Luke.  Living Future brings hundreds of thought-leaders to the table to create a healthy and just future for all. #ChallengetheNorm and uncover your role to make this future a reality. Register here 🙂

Living Future unConference is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement to make strides toward a healthy future for all. This year, we will focus on the layers of Genius and Courage during unconventional sessions and dynamic speaking engagements with top-notch keynotes. We’ll open the unConference with Van Jones, a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor and CNN political correspondent. Celebrate 11 years of innovation and partake in the out-of-the-ordinary experience that is the essence of the unConference.

Unforgettable keynotes

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps — an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs,#cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) which is being translated into over 25 languages.  This Changes Everything, the documentary inspired by the book and narrated by Naomi premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. Recent articles have also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde, The London Review of Books.

Kirsti Luke is Chief Executive of Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, Ngāi Tūhoe’s Tribal Authority. She holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB), is extremely knowledgeable about the tribe’s treaty claims, and was involved in the establishment of Te Uru Taumatua. Her goal is to build the organization and the tribe’s economy and improve descendants’ quality of life. Her role includes recruiting management staff, building relationships with stakeholders and government agencies, developing policies to improve or coordinate options for housing, health and employment for Tūhoe and providing business recommendations to build up the tribe’s economy.

The full program

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The International Living Building Institute
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
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RESTORE | REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy

logo_costApproved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials on 24 October 2016, REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy (RESTORE) is one out of the 25 new Actions that were selected out of 478 eligible proposals collected earlier in April.

RESTORE: ‘to return something or someone to an earlier good condition or position’.

Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context.

Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

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Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, from a narrow focus on building energy performance, mitigation strategies, and minimisation of environmental impacts to a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with particular emphasis on the benefits towards health. 

Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an inadequate measure for current and future architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make buildings ‘less bad’. Building on current European Standards restorative sustainability approaches will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes. 

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

Walden Pond, Concord (MA, USA)

The RESTORE Action will affect a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, health and wellbeing inside and outside buildings, in harmony with urban ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature. 

The COST proposal will advocate, mentor and influence for a restorative built environment sustainability through work groups, training schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

General information:

CA COST Action CA16114 REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
Start of Action: 09.03.2017  End of Action: 08.03.2021
Proposers: Carlo Battisti w/ Martin Brown, Sue Clark, Emanuele Naboni
Science Officer: Estelle Emeriau
Administrative Officer: Aranzazu Sanchez

For further information: carlo.battisti@eurac.edu

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing – since its creation in 1971 – to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. 

I’m doing WELL.

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) focuses on the people in the building.

Over the last decade, green building standards and standard-setting organizations have made significant strides towards the market transformation of the building industry, resulting in a rapid expansion of green buildings and environmentally conscious building practices throughout the world.

Over the same period, strategies to enhance human health and well-being have played a relatively small role in the evolution of building standards. The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet, but also for people.

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The WELL Building Standard (WELL)

  • is the first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.
  • identifies 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building.
  • is based on a thorough review of the existing research on the effects of spaces on individuals and has been advanced through a thorough scientific and technical review.
  • requires that the space must undergo a process that includes an on-site assessment and performance testing by a third party.

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 third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body that administers the LEED Green Building Rating System.

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Haworth new showroom, Los Angeles (CA)

What are the interactions between humans and the built environment? Traditional healthcare delivery systems primarily focus on addressing health after people have already become sick. With rising costs and the increased burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, people are turning to more lifestyle-oriented and preventative approaches to health.

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LEED: the building as a human body

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WELL: the human body within the building

The WELL Building Standard is founded on the understanding that facets of our environment interact with personal, genetic and behavioral factors to shape our overall health and well-being. WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors, or Concepts, relevant to occupant health and well-being: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind:

Air – Clean air is a critical component to our health. Air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, contributing to 50,000 premature deaths annually in the United States and approximately 7 million, or one in eight premature deaths Worldwide.

Water – Drinking water contamination is a major public health issue. Many people receive water that has been exposed to potentially harmful levels of biological, chemical and mineral contaminants. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that almost one billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide, and two million annual deaths are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Nourishment – Nutrition plays a key role in health maintenance, weight management and chronic disease prevention. However, adherence to the dietary recommendations in the U.S. is poor. Similarly, global dietary patterns are also less than optimal; in many countries, people consume more than 500 calories from added sugars per day.

Light – In addition to facilitating vision, light influences the human body in non-visual ways. Humans and animals have internal clocks that synchronize physiological functions on roughly a 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm.

Fitness – Modern transportation, labor saving conveniences and sedentary jobs have created an environment in which millions of people fail to achieve the minimum level of activity necessary to help prevent type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

Comfort – The indoor environment should be a place of comfort. In pursuit of that vision, the WELL Building Standard® focuses on significantly reducing the most common sources of physiological disruption, distraction and irritation and on enhancing acoustic, ergonomic, olfactory and thermal comfort to prevent stress and injury and facilitate comfort, productivity and well-being.

Mind – While mental and physical health are often conceptualized as separate domains, our minds and bodies are inextricably connected. Because the mind plays a vital role in an individual’s overall health and well-being, an atmosphere that supports a healthy mental state can have significant psychological and physical benefits.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh (PA)

If you consider the life of a building over 30 years, personnel costs significantly outweigh any other building and operational cost. By introducing WELL into built spaces, we can significantly reduce personnel costs — health, medical and productivity — in the long run. Clearly long term value can be generated by addressing occupant health in both commercial and residential spaces.

2016_08_18-04 WELL scorecardWELL Certification allows building owners and employers to know their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard v1 is optimized for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to three project typologies: New and Existing Buildings, New and Existing Interiors, Core and Shell Compliance.

WELL works harmoniously with LEED and the Living Building Challenge. IWBI welcomes projects to pursue both LEED and the Living Building Challenge alongside WELL in order to promote both environmental sustainability and human health. A number of overlapping features exist between WELL and both LEED and the Living Building Challenge, which are described in detail in the appendices of the WELL Building Standard. «Working together to optimize building performance for human health and our environment».

2016_08_18-02 WELL APThe WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential is an advanced credential intended for experienced building professionals. The WELL AP ensures to the public, building owners and other building professionals that the credential holder has demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in building wellness and the principles, practices and applications of the WELL Building Standard. A couple of weeks ago I earned the WELL Accredited Professional credential :-).

[Sources: WELL Building Standard® v1, September 2015; WELL Brochure; WELL One pager. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. The WELL AP™ trademark is used with permission from the International WELL Building Institute™]