Simplifying WELL process among Fedrizzi's 2017 goals
The International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) new chairman and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, capped the first 100 days in his new role by laying out the cornerstones of his 2017 plan for the rapidly growing WELL Building Standard (WELL).
Identify, simplify, solidify and amplify.
“When people are put at the center of design, construction and operations decisions for our buildings and communities, we can have an immediate and measureable impact on the health and well-being of the employees and colleagues, tenants and customers, faculty and students, and families who occupy them,” said Fedrizzi, former chief of the U.S. Green Building Council. “The WELL Building Standard is a powerful tool that can help building owners and operators rapidly incorporate the features that deliver these results.”
WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on the health and well-being of building occupants. WELL is grounded in evidence-based medical research that demonstrates the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of our time and health and wellness impacts on us as occupants.
Fedrizzi noted that he’s spent the last 100 days talking to customers, the IWBI team and companies and organizations with strong financial and human capital interest in the potential of WELL’s success.
“When companies recognize that they can implement WELL for less than what their employees spend on coffee in a year, with the possibility of greater productivity, fewer absences due to illness, and lower insurance usage, they become very interested,” he said.
“Our core users who have helped us pioneer the first market versions of WELL have been tremendous partners in helping us identify opportunities to scale adoption through simplification of both the WELL Building Standard and the processes.
“Some things we are able to do immediately through our alternative adherence path (AAP) process, and we encourage our community to look at the list of new AAPs released just last week. Others will be the result of streamlining internal certification processes to ease the flow of communications between project teams, IWBI and our third-party certification partner, Green Business Certification Inc.”
Along with enhancements to the rating system itself, Fedrizzi said market growth requires a nimble approach to how IWBI supports its growing WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) community and its global markets. The WELL AP credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment and specialization in WELL.
This new approach to supporting WELL APs and IWBI’s global markets includes a streamlined pathway to certification that reduces costs for documentation and verification and expenses associated with them, especially for portfolios.
Fedrizzi noted that IWBI is also increasing its market-based support in China, Australia and the United Kingdom, and aggressively expanding opportunities for IWBI teams to be with customers in-person and online.
To further engage these communities, Fedrizzi said IWBI will establish working groups of core users around building types, so input about the rating system, the registration and certification process, education and information needs can be captured and acted on in real time.
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