In 2012, Delos committed to developing and deploying the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on the health and wellness of people in buildings.
The WELL Building Standard was launched in October 2014 following a three-phase expert peer review process encompassing a scientific, practitioner, and medical review. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring and certifying features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being.
Since its launch, nearly 20 million square feet of commercial, institutional, and multifamily projects in the U.S. and globally have registered and certified through the WELL Building Standard. The first office in the world to be WELL Certified™ is the CBRE Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
WELL works harmoniously with LEED and the Living Building Challenge, and is expanding alignment with other international leading green building systems like Three Star, Green Star and BREEAM, in order to promote both environmental sustainability and human health.
Delos established the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment, to administer the WELL Building Standard globally. IWBI has joined forces with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the same organization that administers LEED certification and the LEED professional credentialing program, to provide third-party certification for WELL. This collaboration streamlines how LEED and WELL work together and demonstrates how green building and health and wellness go hand in hand.
This 2012 CGI Commitment to Action – now considered complete – is continuing beyond its original timeframe and goals. The WELL Building Standard was conceptualized and launched as a program to bring health and wellness to offices, homes and schools globally – and we are well underway towards achieving that vision.