Episode 18: The WELL Accreditation Process with a WELL AP

McKesson headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Eric Laignel.
McKesson headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Eric Laignel.

Washington, D.C.-based IA Designer Emma Wilkinson shares the WELL accreditation process and the benefits of project certification.

PrintMy building is already LEED certified. Why would I want WELL?

LEED is more about materiality of a building, WELL is focused on the people inside.

How so?

The WELL building standard looks at human conditions more holistically, and it requires re-certification every three years. For example, air, water, and lighting systems—three of seven program tenets—need to remain current to maintain healthy standards and productivity drivers.

Have you worked with a client on something like this?

Absolutely; we are working on this with several clients. Collaboration is one of the major strengths we have to achieve WELL certification. Policies have to be implemented at the client level, such as food advertising, and certain foods have to be offered. As architects we must also collaborate with engineers and landlords. Working with the team is really key and IA thrives in that regard.

Do we have proof that health leads to good business?

The health and wellness industry is currently valued at $2 trillion, with 15 percent projected annual growth. WELL certification provides metrics to back up the assertion that wellness leads to more productivity.

Learn more about WELL accreditation, and visit the International WELL Building Institute website.

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