As a professional committed to creating healthy living and working environments, I am a Certified WELL Accredited Professional (AP)
. Which means that I help businesses achieve WELL Certification
by following the WELL Building Standard.
This might seem a little confusing, especially if you have never heard of WELL Certification. You are not alone. The WELL Building Standard is rather new, but the basis for creating healthier buildings is not new.
Have you ever heard of LEED Certified buildings? They are among the best eco-friendly buildings in the world. Those buildings receive LEED Certification by adhering to certain building standards, only using the best building materials, and putting practices into place that help the environment rather than hurt it. And to get that certification, the owners work with a LEED AP to make sure that they are on track to create the best building that they can.
Many aspects of LEED Certification end up creating a healthier building for the occupants. But not all of them do.
Which is why the WELL Building Standard was created. Overseen by the International WELL Building Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council, WELL Certification is very new. But it was started to address a need in the world to create buildings that make you a better person - both physically and emotionally - when you spend so much time indoors.
For WELL Certification, there are standards that must be met in each of the following categories:
As you can see, the WELL Building Standard strives to help you live a healthier life all around.
Though there is currently not WELL Certification for individual family homes, I use many WELL Building Standards throughout this course when I can.
I was living my life reaching for these high standards in building health, safety and wellness long before WELL Certification was created. I'm happy that the building community has taken notice of these important guidelines, and that I am among the first professionals to become a WELL AP.