The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) created the WELL Building Standard® to measure, certify, and monitor features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being.
WELL Concepts include air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. While WELL works seamlessly with USGBC’s LEED Certification, it is different in that the focus is on the occupant.
WELL can be applied to the following:
If your facility is LEED certified, chances are you already have many features in place that will count toward WELL certification. Once your facility is WELL certified, you can integrate that into your recruiting and marketing efforts. WELL certification communicates to the world that you care about your employees’ health, happiness, and ability to be successful in the workplace.
Studies have proven the impact of WELL certification.
A few of the reasons you should consider this certification include:
A recent survey of employees working in a WELL Certified space revealed that:
Source: CBRE Global Corporate Headquarters Los Angeles, California, Workplace 360 Study. 2014.
Markon can assist you throughout the process of earning WELL certification. We can educate/train your team on the certification, evaluate your facility against the WELL Concepts, and develop strategies to help you reach WELL certification. For more information, please contact Ginny Dyson at 301.938.1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016, Markon designed its headquarters office expansion to meet WELL Building Standards. The plants and natural wood table in our conference room are examples of biophilia, which meet one of the WELL Building Standards for Mind.
Lighting in the space was designed to meet the WELL Building Standard for Light, which supports circadian rhythm health.
Desks are easily adjustable for users to alternate between sitting and standing as desired. The intent of this WELL Building Standard for Fitness is to reduce sedentary behavior by making active workstations readily available to occupants.
To read more about our project, check out our listing on IWBI’s project directory.
Ray Carney, WELL AP, is a Vice President at Markon Solutions. Mr. Carney’s areas of focus include leadership, sustainable design, workplace strategy and modification, and design thinking. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Mr. Carney is a WELL Accredited Professional, LEED Green Associate, Six-Sigma certified, a certified SCRUMMaster, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.
Ginny Dyson, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager at Markon Solutions, is an accomplished interior designer and project manager who is passionate about sustainability in all aspects of her life. Ginny was on the first elected board of the USGBC National Capital Region chapter and co-chair of the SMaRT development committee, a sustainable product rating system that is an initiative of the non-profit, the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability. She was one of the first 500 LEED APs in the United States and earned her BD+C specialty in 2009 when she took the new v2009 exam as part of the pass/fail workshop.