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CaGBC institutes new WELL standard for healthy buildings


The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is promoting a new standard for measuring building features that impact health and well being.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It complements other green building rating systems such as LEED.

The standard is an initiative of CaGBC together with the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The GBCI is a third-party organization established in 2008 by the U.S. Green Building Council to carry out independent green building and professional certifications.

According to the announcement, WELL certification can be applied across all building types and is currently optimized for commercial and institutional projects.

The standard is “grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 per cent of our time and the health and wellness of the people in them. WELL measures attributes of the built environment by looking at seven Concepts and over 100 Features that address behavior, design and operations.”

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