A buzzword in architectural circles since 2014, the Well Building Standard emphasises health and wellness in building and design.
In an effort to make indoor spaces more beneficial from a health perspective, the Well Building Standard measures seven key elements:
- Air: The reduction of indoor air pollution.
- Water: Proper filtration to ensure a continuous supply of clean water.
- Nourishment: Availability of fresh and nutritious foods that encourage healthy eating habits.
- Light: Illumination that is in natural alignment with the body’s circadian rhythms and supports healthy sleep patterns.
- Fitness: Integrating physical activity into an employee’s professional life by encouraging movement and making it easy to take the stairs instead of the lift.
- Comfort: Using acoustic, thermal, ergonomic, and olfactory comfort to optimise indoor spaces and improve productivity.
- Mind: Creating an ideal blend of design, technology, indoor air quality, light, and spacing for optimal emotional health.
In practice, the Well Building Standard could include measures like the following:
- Better access to daylight
- Improved acoustical design to enhance concentration
- Increased ventilation to help occupants be more comfortable all year-round
- Replacing vending machines with healthy snack opportunities
- Desks that allow employees to work while sitting or standing
- Biophilic design that introduces elements of nature indoors