Everyone active in the field of office buildings will be aware of the major certificates. Every A-class office building simply must have LEED or BREEAM certification to succeed.
“Green” certificates that deal with the environmental impact of buildings on their surroundings are today a necessity. Every newly constructed office building today must be designed to meet the conditions for BREEAM or LEED certification.
We would like to introduce you to a new certificate – WELL, which this year should be awarded for the first time to an office building in the Czech Republic. WELL is still very new to Czechia, but already several office centres would like to obtain this certification. However, some of the uninitiated have the tendency to confuse WELL with green building certification such as LEED.
WELL Building Standard was first introduced in the USA in 2014 and has its roots in medical research that looked into the connection between the buildings in which we spend 90% of our time, and the health and mental wellbeing of occupants. Currently 54 projects around the world have received the WELL certificate (at different levels), and there are 179 projects on the waiting list for assessment.
How is WELL different?
Primarily in that it places people as the central focus of interest for its measurements and evaluations. Employees working in office buildings. The certification is based on the idea that people deserve to live and work in, and visit buildings that will provide them a consistently pleasant environment, with everything that entails.
WELL certification can be awarded to administrative buildings, and these building thus guarantee its employed occupants excellent conditions for work.
In practice this means, for example, that “WELL” certified buildings do not have Coca-Cola vending machines in the corridors or offices; bike stands must be located within 30 metres of the entrance, and the building must also deal with the spread of odours. The certificate is awarded on the basis of the measurement of several key parameters by an independent party. Every parameter has a different weight in terms of score, and regularly every three years recertification must take place to extend the validity of the WELL certificate.
Key elements of WELL certification
The main parameters assessed by this certification are:
There are specific requirements that a building must meet in order to obtain WELL certification. For more information see the official website of the certification authority www.wellcertified.com.
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