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Focal Point

March 28, 2019

Designing for the future means getting WELL

Historically, the design of commercial spaces focused on energy and cost efficiency, often overlooking the human facet. However, in recent years, the architecture and design community has shifted its focus to deliver more human-centric environments. Global building certifications such as the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) are contributing to an increased awareness of the importance of balancing human health and well-being with efficiency and sustainability, with a holistic formula that leads to improvements in employee productivity, engagement, and retention.

Defining WELL

Developed by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), WELL focuses on the ways that buildings and interiors can improve human comfort and enhance human health and wellness. WELL was created using scientific and medical research, along with articles on behavioral and health factors that conclude to a correlation between productivity and health benefits as they relate to building design, construction, and the management of interiors and systems such as ventilation, lighting, and acoustics. 

WELL v1 vs. WELL v2

There are currently two WELL standards for projects seeking registration, WELL v1 and WELL v2, which is in pilot phase. WELL v1 is comprised of seven Concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Findings and lessons learned from approximately 1,000 registered or certified projects around the world were the driving force for WELL v2 pilot. WELL v2 has expanded to include ten Concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community. For both versions, all preconditions are mandatory for certification. To evaluate both versions, the WELL website offers a comparison tool.

Though only projects can obtain WELL registration, many products support the requirements of the WELL Building Standard™.  Focal Point lighting and acoustic solutions contribute to the achievement of the following Features under WELL v1 and WELL v2 pilot.

WELL v1

• Feature 54 Circadian Lighting Design
• Feature 55 Electric Glare Control
• Feature 58 Color Quality
• Feature 60 Automated Shading and Dimming
• Feature 78 Reverberation Time
• Feature 80 Sound Reducing Surfaces

WELL v2

• Feature L03 Circadian Lighting Design
• Feature L04 Glare Control
• Feature L07 Electric Light Quality
• Feature S04 Sound Absorption

To gain a deeper understanding of how Focal Point lighting and acoustic solutions contribute to achieving either WELL v1 or WELL v2 pilot visit our WELL Building Standard page

WELL is setting a new standard for future-proofing buildings, adding value to real estate properties for building owners while also enhancing the human experience. To date, more than 1,200 projects encompassing over 262 million square feet across 43 countries have been registered or certified.  It is time for organizations to look beyond a functional approach in commercial building designs and to focus on protecting their most valuable asset, their employees, by delivering more human-centric spaces.