WELL certification for healthy buildings

WELL is a new US certification system,  administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), and is an extension of the LEED and BREEAM certifications for buildings. WELL Building Standard is a performance-based quality mark for measuring, certifying and monitoring of the built environment and its effect on the health of people. The aim is to make buildings even healthier and thereby provide a better living environment for their users, resulting in higher productivity and lower absenteeism. On 7 September 2016, a number of Deerns' consultants obtained a WELL Accredited Professional certificate, which means that clients can now also contact Deerns for WELL certification.

Higher productivity with healthy buildings.

On average, people spend approximately 90% of their time in buildings. Buildings that are not well designed can have a negative impact on our health. Therefore, Deerns believes it is only natural that the building you occupy should provide a healthy environment. In our vision, we design buildings that will make you even healthier. The advantages of buildings in which you feel comfortable are considerable. Users of these buildings feel less stress, become healthier (mentally and physically) and fitter. These people are more productive, less often sick and visitors receive a warm welcome in a comfortable building.

To demonstrate how healthy a building is, it can be crowned with a WELL certificate. This certificate is a valid quality mark for the building and indicates a WELL health score in the following categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. To achieve the most optimum (healthy) score for your building, Deerns has three WELL Accredited Professionals in its employment.

WELL offers the possibility, initially for office buildings, to assess and improve the health of the building and its occupants. This certification will soon also be available for other types of buildings, such as hospitals, residential buildings and hotels.  For more information about WELL, please contact Peter Buurman.

13 September 2016


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