Benefits of WELL-Focused Design
One of the biggest challenges of WELL components is educating the public on its many benefits. “The cost of implementing all aspects of WELL design to receive certification can be overwhelming to many building owners,” says Jenny. “But when you look at the health benefits, such as reduced sick time and employee turnover, the cost becomes more justified,” says Jenny. “It will come as little surprise that many employees are reluctant to return to an uncomfortable work environment that can feel unhealthy, particularly after the pandemic.”
Another benefit of WELL-focused design? Its ability to work harmoniously with other green building initiatives. “There is significant overlap between the WELL Building Standard and LEED®, creating opportunities for environmental sustainability and occupant wellbeing,” says Jenny.
Understanding the many benefits of the WELL Building Standard, Jenny has high hopes for a healthier, happier future for the built environment. “I would love to see WELL practices become more mainstream. Good design should always have the client’s and occupant’s best interests in mind. In a perfect world, we would no longer have to convince anyone of the benefits of a healthier environment; it would simply be the standard.”