The WELL Building Standard focuses on the people in the building.

Over the last decade, green building standards and standard-setting organizations have made significant stridestowards the market transformation of the building industry, resulting in a rapid expansion of green buildings andenvironmentally conscious building practices throughout the world.


Over the same period, strategies to enhance human health and wellbeing have played a relatively small role inthe evolution of building standards. We believe that the time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet—but also for people.

  • This is the first standard of its kind that focuses attention solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.
  • WELL identifies 102 performance metrics, design strategies, and procedures that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building.
  • WELL is based on a thorough review of the existing research on the effects of indoorspaces on individuals, and has been advanced through a comprehensive peer review.
  • In order to achieve the requirements of the WELL Building Standard, the space must undergo a process that includes an onsite assessment and performance testing by a third party.

WELL Building Standard v1.0 is optimized for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to three types of projects:

  • New Construction and Major Renovations
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Core and Shell Developments