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New document aims to streamline workplace sustainability & well-being certification

Well-being and sustainability in the workplace took one step forward this week with a new document outlining how projects and existing workplaces can adhere to both of the leading standards when it comes to these issues.

An update on last year’s publication, Assessing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings – Alignment between BREEAM and the WELL Building Standard lays out how to achieve both a BREEAM rating and WELL Certification, two systems committed to building healthier, happier, and more sustainable working environments. The new briefing paper aims to help simplify the process for teams to pursue both standards, with BRE & IWBS working together to compare requirements, balance evidence and look at ways to streamline a dual certification process.

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Speaking about the process, IWBI chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi said: “Our friends working to deliver sustainable, healthy buildings in the UK and Europe have given us specific and thoughtful input that helped inform this update. We’re pleased to continue our collaboration with BREEAM to make it easier for project teams to link their sustainability initiatives to WELL.”

BREEAM technical director Alan Yates said: “Our friends working to deliver sustainable, healthy buildings in the UK and Europe have given us specific and thoughtful input that helped inform this update. We’re pleased to continue our collaboration with BREEAM to make it easier for project teams to link their sustainability initiatives to WELL.”

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Why get certified?

Sustainability and well-being in the workplace are fast becoming defining factors when it comes to providing successful working environments. Each certificate provides an indepth look into every aspect, from the materials used in construction, to the quality of the furniture specified, to the amount of sunlight and fresh air that is circulated. Receiving either of these certificates is a big indication of taking the subjects seriously. 

WELL is all about happiness and well-being. It was developed by integrating scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioural factors, health outcomes and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design and management. It is a global standard, and several of the issues it covers are already covered by regulations across the EU.

BREEAM has a heavy focus on sustainability practices. It is recognised as the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It is now applied in 77 countries and more than 2.2 million buildings are registered under its schemes.

Want to know more?

Last year Simon Wyatt, Health and Wellbeing Director at Cundall gave us an insight into the current state of well-being in the workplace, and a brief introduction to what the WELL Certification means for the future of office environments.

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Richard Ferris on 24-Jan-2018 15:03:45

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