The IWBI administers the WELL standard worldwide, not just for buildings (WELL v1) , but now for individual workplaces as well in the form of WELL v2. The WELL Standards are vehicles for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance human health and well-being. Backed by the latest scientific research, WELL includes strategies that aim to advance health by setting performance standards for design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and wellness. Built on the pioneering foundation of the first version of the WELL Building Standard (WELL v1), WELL v2 draws expertise from thousands of WELL users, practitioners, medical professionals, public health experts and building scientists around the world.
Pursuit of the WELL standard doesn’t just make your organisation a better global citizen, it also delivers a bottom-line benefit. Cundall London demonstrated a positive ROI outcome from WELL within three months merely by calculating their reductions in sick leave and attrition without any accounting for all the other benefits. (Everyday benefits like increased energy and concentration levels) A certified WELL working environment also helps you attract the best and brightest as employees and improves your ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) performance score.
Recently in addition to administering the WELL Standards, the IWBI has been instrumental in providing a coordinated and measured response framework various environments can adopt for Covid 19. Developed in conjunction with leading research institutions, scientists, and specific industry experts, the IWBI has created a specific standard to provide people reassurance when returning to the office, university/school, hotel, or stadium. Called the Health + Safety Standard, it comes with a seal of its own that can be displayed at point of entry. It is an international program enthusiastically endorsed by a range of celebrities, from Robert De Niro to Lady Gaga.
The Ci Group’s main interest, however, is in the WELL movement itself. Put simply, WELL is an investment in the world’s most valuable asset – people. This could not be more in line with the Ci Group’s core ethos if it tried. Just like the Ci Group’s well functioning meeting rooms, wellness enables people to become more productive.
Spanning 108 features and 10 concepts, WELL is a roadmap for improving the quality of our air, water and light with inspired design decisions that not only keep us connected but facilitate a good night’s sleep, support our mental health and help us do our best work everyday. Communication is a big part of it as well.
The most committed organisations usually pursue official certification. How does it work? Projects pursuing WELL Certification can earn points based on performance outcomes for various policy, design and operational strategies and can achieve one of four certification levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. However, as with pursuing health itself, every step taken in the right direction is a step worth taking.
We urge you to explore what the IWBI can offer. In our view there is not a better resource for understanding the value of wellness in the workplace on the planet.