Health & Wellbeing is the new frontier for making our buildings even better. A rich body of academic research and business case studies have arisen over the last five years, showing the physical, physiological, cognitive, health and wellness benefits of positive interactions between Humans and the built environment. The WELL standard is a specific example of capturing and formalising this complex issue into a documented rating system, much overdue and warmly received. It follows similar approaches to common rating systems such as LEED and BREEAM in that a ‘credit’ style approach is used during the design and operation stage of the building to demonstrate compliance.
Our UK Business Development Manager Naghman Khan has written a very interesting and informative article around this topic looking in more detail at the WELL standard and how building performance modelling can be used to meet the standard and significantly improve the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
The full article is available via DiscoverIES at https://www.iesve.com/discoveries/article/what-next-for-building-design-well/
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Posted : July 7, 2016 by Bruce Elrick
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Posted : June 27, 2016 by Edwina
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Posted : June 3, 2016 by Suzanne
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Posted : May 23, 2016 by Edwina
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Posted : May 17, 2016 by Suzanne
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