What is the WELL Building Standard?

What is the WELL Building Standard?

  • Posted on September 10 2019

The Well Building Standard is committed to improving global health by transforming spaces where people spend their lives. It’s geared to all types of building and communities with the Well Building Standard version 2 being released in 2018.

Version2 combines feedback from users with the most current health data and research. Through the vehicle of WELL, IWBI helps to translate what is known into practice.

There are ten concepts in WELL v2 – one of which being lighting. Each concept comprises features with distinct health intents with the features having preconditions or optimizations. The preconditions within each concept define the fundamental components of a WELL space and serve as the foundations of a healthy building. All the preconditions are mandatory for certifications.

The WELL Light concept promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health. The WELL standard aims to provide a lighting environment that reduces circadian phase disruption, improves sleep quality and positively impacts mood and productivity.

Tim Bowes, Whitecroft’s expert on the WELL Building Standard commented:

At Whitecroft the effect on people’s visual emotional and biological response to the lit environment has been key in our approach to both product and lighting design, and the WELL Building Standard echoes that sentiment as evolving and growing evidence means we understand more about the relationship between our environments and our health than ever before. Good lighting design and practice will deliver on a lot of the standard anyway – it’s about putting people at the heart of the space.

Whitecroft Lighting is able to work with the design team in providing solutions that deliver compliance to all WELL v2 Light Concepts.

More information can be found on the WELL website or contact Tim Bowes, Whitecroft’s own WELL expert at tim.bowes@whitecroftlight.com.


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