Building Healthy Environments

Missy Wicker

I attended a CEU today on ergonomic work spaces and the impact interior design has on overall wellness. I have been hearing more and more about the WELL Building Standard, and after discussing its benefits during mentioned CEU, I thought I would do a little more research on the topic as it seems to be a new standard for evidence-based wellness applications for healthy spaces. I feel that it could be a good tool for designers, especially when designing for healing spaces and projects with a high priority of staff satisfaction.

I was told that the WELL Building Standard is comparable to LEED, if LEED is focused on the health of the building and WELL Building Standard is focused on the health of the people in the building. The Green Building Council defines WELL as a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. You can learn more on the website here:  

Fun fact: the CBRE office in LA is the world’s first WELL certified office!