You have the power to improve the spaces where you live and work by investing in well-being
Americans spend 93% of their lives inside, where interior environments play a significant role in the occupant experience. The building design community is now faced with the challenge of meeting sustainable operation requirements and occupant well-being performance metrics.
When approached strategically, a building’s power, light, data, and A/V infrastructure can contribute to occupant comfort and productivity while jointly achieving other operational goals. The most successful implementations occur when these needs are addressed early in the design and construction cycle to ensure the space will meet the changing needs of the built environment and continue to meet the building’s mission for years to come. At Legrand, we continuously strive to understand and meet our customer’s evolving demands for a high-performance building field.
What is WELL?
Date of Market Entry: 2013
Standards Developer: Delos and the Mayo Clinic
Certification Body: International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)
The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being by establishing criteria for air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The data behind the WELL Building Standard is curated from years of medical data, architectural best practices, and studies about productivity in the workplace.
WELL mirrors the structure of LEED by using a credit-based rating system.
The categories here are called features, which include preconditions and optimizations that are used to track a project’s performance level achievement of Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Manufacturers play an important role in the ability of projects to achieve these features by developing and supplying products that contribute to their intent.
What is Fitwel?
Date of Market Entry: 2016
Standards Developer: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention & General
Services Administration (GSA)
Licensed Operator: Center for Active Design (CfAD)
The Fitwel Standard is one of the leading global health certification systems for the built environment. The standard encourages specific wellness activities that have been linked to improved health outcomes and increased personal productivity within buildings. The questionnaire-based approach covers 60 strategies and is based on decades of public health data from the CDC. Fitwel is designed for multi-tenant buildings, whole buildings, single tenant buildings, commercial interiors and multi-family residential. Fitwel is organized into weighted point categories, which when added together, equate to a project receiving a ranking of either one, two or three stars. Three stars is the highest level.
What is the Living Building Challenge?
Date of Market Entry: 2006, through the Cascadia Green Building Council
Standards Developer: International Living Future Institute (ILFI®)
Certification Body: International Living Future Institute
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) emerged in 2006 as a holistic, regenerative building standard intended to provide a blueprint to fundamentally redesign the building sector. The LBC incorporates environmental and social aspirations for the design of the built environment though performance-based indicators. It is viewed by some as the most ambitious sustainable design standard in the market. The fourth version was released in 2019 in pilot mode and is set to go into effect in 2020. The updated standard reflects many of the foundational concepts of the original standard, deepening commitments to designing truly transformative spaces, neighborhoods, and communities. Participants seek either Core Certification, Petal Certification or Full Certification. The LBC consists of seven performance categories, called petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health + Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. Each petal is subdivided into Imperatives.
Check out our previous webinars:
- Jan 23 - Intro to WELL v1
- Feb 17 - Human Biology and Lighting: Designing to Optimize the Connection
- Mar 24 - Upgrading The Occupant Experience With Av - Also available on Legrand AV University for current AIA/ CTS credit
- Apr 23 - Integration of Shading Systems and Lighting Controls
- June 3 - An Intro to Fitwel
- June 26 - An Intro to WELL v2
- July 29 - Foundational Layers of Smart Building Intelligence
- Aug 19 - How Outdoor Power Will Help Commercial Facilities Re-Enter a Post Pandemic World
Check out our upcoming webinars:
We believe in the power of a space to enhance the productivity and well-eing of its occupants, and that’s why Legrand is one of the founding Keystone members of the International WELL Building Institute.
There are 20 Imperatives within the Living Building Challenge standard. Legrand is a member of the Living Product 50 and has signed onto the LP50 letter to the design community, which you can read below.