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Canada and the

WELL Building Standard As the average person now spends more than 90 percent of their time indoors,

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understanding how the built environment protects and supports human health

increasingly positioned itself within the health and wellness

is not only critical, but it presents a major opportunity. This is because healthy

conversation, with LEED as the catalyst, along with the

indoor environments can reduce toxic exposure, improve ventilation rates,

Living Building Challenge, Active Design Guidelines and

support healthy eating and physical activity, enhance ergonomics, maximize

others. Yet, there was a need to move beyond indoor

daylighting and biophilic exposure, and allow for both focused group work and

environmental quality issues to include whole-person

recovery time - to name just some of the benefits. Given this, the environments

health such as physical fitness, nourishment, mental health

where we live, work, play and learn should enable us to more easily make these

and wellness, and to support healthy behavior choices. If,

healthy choices.

after all, even with optimal air quality, you are still battling

the

past

decade,

the

building

industry

has

constant interruptions, glare from sunlight and temperature regulation issues, compounded by a lack of healthy food options and no opportunity for physical activity breaks – the human body will be affected in other ways.

A Path Toward Health and Wellness In 2014, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) released the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) to address this exact need through a holistic approach. As the world’s first building standard to focus exclusively on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment, WELL sets forth a path for designing buildings that support wellness while educating and engaging the design and health industries about the importance of building design on health. The culmination of seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals, WELL is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research.

WELL is like a NUTRITION LABEL for your building. WELL shows the ingredients that go into a healthy building, home or neighborhood. Copyright© 2015 by Delos Living LLC. All rights reserved [1].

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