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6 September 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

The International WELL Building Institute has launched a new Community Standard. 

It is aimed at providing “actionable strategies and interventions to support the health and well-being” of people throughout the public spaces that link the buildings where they spend their time. 

The new standard is ‘a companion’ to the WELL Building Standard (which is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings that impact human health and wellness) and will focus on 10 concepts that affect human health and wellness: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, temperature, sound, materials, mind and community.


Rick Fedrizzi, IWBI chairman and CEO, said: “The WELL Community Standard is an important next step in what I like to call the ‘second wave of sustainability’, whereby the environments we construct actively promote human health and wellness.”


He added: “From zoning to infrastructure placement, from how and where we spend tax dollars for the communal good, from demanding stronger regulations for controlling the toxins in our water and the pollution in our air, we need to do everything we can to encourage that sense of community which uniquely defines our humanity and in the process protects and enhances our health.”


A pilot for the standard, which operates as a rating system, has been launched globally and was developed through consultation with physicians, scientists and public health professionals, as well as city planners, engineers and architects.