WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum

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Doing a WELL Building Standard project? Interested in WELL? Studying to become a WELL AP? Here's a LEEDuser forum to discuss your WELL-related work, share knowledge, and get your questions answered.

To learn more about WELL, visit the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) website, or read analysis of WELL on our sister website, BuildingGreen.

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Pippa Lee
Mar 13 2017
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WELL Continuing Education

Project Location: United States

Hi all,

I had a question regarding WELL CE credits, and more specifically the 6 WELL specific units you must achieve for ongoing AP certification. Given I am not working in an office that has any WELL projects, does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about getting 6 hours of WELL 'specific' CE without working specifically on a WELL project? I have reached out to Delos (without help) to ask them the same question, because surely there are people out there who wish to have WELL AP certification but do not have a chance to work on WELL projects?

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Mar 14 2017 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Give a call over to IWBI and see if they can help. 202.650.0369

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Carina Clark Interior Designer HKS
Mar 13 2017
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77 Olfactory Comfort

Project Location: United States

If a commercial project is looking to provide a kitchen/break room, some options include a separation by negative pressurization and hallways. Am I understanding correctly that this means, this area does not have to be closed off entirely, but could use a ventilation system to try to pull the odors from seeping in to the rest of the office?

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Mar 14 2017 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

I think the spaces still need to have the option of being physically separated, but I might be wrong. Someone at IWBI should be able to answer this easily.

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc.
Feb 20 2017
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Definition of fried

Hi! Under no 38 - Fruits and Vegetables we have "At least 50% of available options are fruits and/or non-fried vegetables."
Does fry here includes stir-fry? Or is it mentioning deep-fry methods only?

Thanks in advance!

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Mar 14 2017 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

It means not fried at all. Just fresh/raw fruit or vegetable choices.

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc.
Feb 14 2017
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Optimization 27 - antimicrobial activity for surfaces

First question: The optimization (read credit) requires: countertops, water fixtures, doorknobs, lightswitches to meet EPA testing requirements for antimicrobial activity. Is "EPA antimicrobial compliant" or something simmilar commonly stated on product catalogs in the US?
Second question: Those high touch surfaces must be cleaned with a UV cleanig device tha has an output of at leat 4mW/cm2. I was not able to find what the credit refers to on this item as well.

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John Mlade Director, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, YR&G Feb 14 2017 LEEDuser Expert 68 Thumbs Up

Hi there,
You are right in that "EPA antimicrobial compliant" is not a common label across the spectrum of needed products. Fortunately, the feature in question (F 27) allows you to pick only one of the two options. My research has found that option b. is farFloor-area ratio is the density of nonresidential land use, exclusive of parking, measured as the total nonresidential building floor area divided by the total buildable land area available for nonresidential structures. For example, on a site with 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of buildable land area, an FAR of 1.0 would be 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of building floor area. On the same site, an FAR of 1.5 would be 15,000 square feet (1395 square meters), an FAR of 2.0 would be 20,000 square feet (1860 square meters), and an FAR of 0.5 would be 5,000 square feet (465 square meters). easier to comply with and you can purchase a compliant "UV wand" for as little as $150.

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc. Feb 14 2017 LEEDuser Member 36 Thumbs Up

Thank you so much for this helpful advice!

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc. Feb 16 2017 LEEDuser Member 36 Thumbs Up

Hi John,

I looked for a UV wand that complies with the Standard "that has an output of at least 4 mW/cm²".

Verilux UV wand's outputs are:
VH01: 2500μW/ cm2
VH03: 1200μW/ cm2
http://www.verilux.com/pdfs/test_data_efficacy.pdf

They have another unit, VH07, but it is for beds.

I wonder if IWBI has got the wrong values for the reference guide.

There are a couple of other wands in Amazon, but those don't have data for their output per area.

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John Mlade Director, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, YR&G Feb 28 2017 LEEDuser Expert 68 Thumbs Up

I agree that the performance threshold here is a bit out of step with the industry. In my mind, as long as you are addressing UV-C (germicidal) you should be fine. You may want to work with your assessor or submit a question to confirm if the product you have in mind will meet the feature requirements.

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Carina Clark Interior Designer HKS
Jan 23 2017
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WELL Certification Estimation Calculation

Project Location: United States

Our team is trying to estimate about where our project is in achieving WELL certification (and at what level) prior to registration. In reviewing page 17 of the WELL Building Standard, we have used the formula to determine the Concept Scores, based on estimates. From here, I am trying to understand two things: 1) how are Innovation features accounted for? 2) is the "Total and WELL Score" simply an average of the Concept Scores?

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc. Feb 17 2017 LEEDuser Member 36 Thumbs Up

Carina,

On page 9 (page 5 if printed) of the Standard, it is written that you need 40% of the applicable optimizations for gold, and 80% for platinum. Innovations should not be a bonus and therefore not be included on the denominator. Other systems, LEED or BREEAMBuilding Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, the first widely used green building rating system, developed in the U.K. in the early 1990s, currently used primarily in the U.K. and in Hong Kong. have the bonus points outside the denominator.

For your second question, I think you just add everything and divide after that, so concepts (categories) with more optimizations (credits) will have bigger impact.

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Nowfal Kunju Muhammed Energy Engineer Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development
Dec 24 2016
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WELL AP Exam center in India

Is there any exam center in India for WELL AP?

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John Mlade Director, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, YR&G Feb 14 2017 LEEDuser Expert 68 Thumbs Up

The WELL AP exam can be taken through Prometric. It appears that there are arrangements for India, but you may want to contact the testing center directly.

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc. Feb 14 2017 LEEDuser Member 36 Thumbs Up

Thank you so much for this helpful advice!

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc.
Nov 28 2016
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Beauty and design

Hello! Does anyone know if there might actual compliance issues with precondition (prerequisite) 87 - BEAUTY AND DESIGN I? This precondition is taken from Living Building Challenge and asks for human delight, celebration of culture, celebration of spirit, celebration of place, and meaningful integration of public art. A professional narrative is supposed to show compliance. These items seem to be very subjective, so I assume that as long as a narrative is in place, the precondition should be OK. Any opinions?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Dec 08 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Dionisio, I would agree that anyone who can craft a narrative giving some reasons why the project meets the precondition should be fine.

I've seen LBC projects that I don't consider beautiful, but that somebody did, at least enough to satisfy that narrative!

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Dionisio Franca Woonerf Inc. Dec 11 2016 LEEDuser Member 36 Thumbs Up

Thank you Tristan!

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Laura Steinbrink Principal HLMS Sustainability Solutions
Aug 10 2016
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WELL Building Credits used for LEED ID Credit

Project Location: United States

Is it possible to achieve a LEED Innovation credit for pursuit of a WELL Building credit?

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Aug 10 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Laura - I haven't seen this approved by LEED yet, but you could always make your case and submit it. From what i remember, the folks at IWBI are looking for connections like these. You might have luck emailing or calling IWBI directly. They answer the phone.

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Michael Munn Assistant Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, The Green Engineer, Inc. Aug 10 2016 LEEDuser Member 46 Thumbs Up

There are many WELL Features that overlap with LEED Pilot credits. Emphasis on the overlap part though, achieving the WELL Feature may not fulfill all that's required for a LEED ID credit point.

In Appendix E of the WELL reference guide, there's a list of WELL Features with LEED v4 similarities, including Pilot credits.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, JLL Oct 13 2016 LEEDuser Member 7288 Thumbs Up

I asked GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). this question! I was told that you CAN submit a WELL feature for a LEED ID credit if you register your project for WELL...I'd recommend emailing GBCI because they told me that if I pursued this approach I'd have to upload the email to LEED Online.

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Carina Clark Interior Designer HKS
Aug 01 2016
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WELL Exam Update

Since there have been discussions of the WELL Exam being updated in cost, is there any word on the exam being changed as well? Right now, the website indicates the exam is based on the September 2015 Reference Guide, but, that is not currently available online (May 2016 is the latest as of the date of this post). When should we be aware of the exam changing if we are planning to take the exam in October?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Aug 08 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Carina, what we've heard from the folks at WELL is that they plan to update the exam each summer starting in 2017.

The changes from the Sept 2015 version of WELL to February 2016 version weren't significant enough to impact the exam.

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Jeslin Varghese Director of Sustainability, GBRI Oct 12 2016 Guest 87 Thumbs Up

The WELL Exam Fees was recently updated. At present (as of Oct 12, 2016), the fees depends on where you are taking the exam from (country). Additional discounts apply for folks who are accredited under LEED or if your company is a member of USGBC/ASID. Though a new project certification guide was released in 2016 - the current exam uses the September 2015 WELL Certification Guide. There are some changes especially with how Core and Shell Projects may pursue re-certification under the 2016 version.

Link to Exam Fees - https://www.wellcertified.com/well-ap
Link to Certification Guide and other useful resources - https://www.wellcertified.com/resources/certification

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, JLL Oct 13 2016 LEEDuser Member 7288 Thumbs Up

I could email you a copy of the 2015 version.

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Xinrong Zhao
Jul 25 2016
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Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64

Project Location: China

Hello, Thank you Tristan for adding a WELL discussion to this site. My rpoject is an 18 floor residential project. The staircase is use for Fire exits. But to achieve the Feature 64, the accessor ask the project must to meet the following requirment:
1, the staircase and corridor and lift lobby must be ventilated and filterated to assure the air quality meet the Feature 1.
We donot think the staircase should be included in the consideration, for people will not use the stairecase regularly.
We want to khow any other project's assessor will ask this requirement?

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John Mlade Director, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, YR&G Jul 27 2016 LEEDuser Expert 68 Thumbs Up

Hi Xinrong,

Meeting the air quality requirements of Feature 1 is a precondition for the building when pursuing WELL. I also believe that stairs and lobbies should pass the air quality test as occupants are encouraged to use the stairs. The WELL Performance Verification Guidebook provides some insight into how and where the air samples will be taken. Nonetheless, assessors have some discretion, particularly for sampling CO, PM2.5, PM10 and O3 as these measurements are taken using handheld equipment. I doubt an assessor would select the stairs as one of the zones for formaldehyde1. Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring VOC found in small amounts in animals and plants but is carcinogenic and an irritant to most people when present in high concentrations, causing headaches, dizziness, mental impairment, and other symptoms. When present in the air at levels above 0.1 ppm, it can cause watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; nausea; coughing; chest tightness; wheezing; skin rashes; and asthmatic and allergic reactions. 2. A known carcinogen with no known safe exposure level. Formaldehyde occurs naturally, but appears in unnaturally high concentra­tions in many buildings because it is an ingredient in binders used in many building materials and furnishings. of TVOCThe sum or total of all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from a product or measured in a space under certain defined conditions. because of the required testing methodology.

It is not clear how this requirement has anything to do with Feature 64 though. In my mind, it is a good idea for the stairs to comply with Feature 1 regardless of whether Feature 64 is pursued.

There is no hard requirement for ventilation in Feature 1 or Feature 64. However, ventilation and filtering is a good strategy in support of improving air quality. It may be possible that the assessor is recommending this because construction methods, mechanical system design, or because of outdoor air quality conditions.

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Xinrong Zhao Aug 02 2016 Guest 19 Thumbs Up

Thanks John! I understand the stairs should be ventilated and have a good air quality to comply Feature 1. But, in local requirement of Fire Escape , there should no pipe duck or facilities in the staircase. We now couldnot find ways to desgin the ventilation and filter in the staircase.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Aug 10 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Xinrong - You may want to contact IWBI directly. They may have a work-around in cases where code conflicts with the requirement.

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Maria Peralta Energy Consultant - LEED AP BD+C ECOPENTA
Jun 30 2016
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WELL AP if you are LEED AP

Project Location: Spain

Hi,
I have seen on the web if you are LEED AP have discount to make the AP WELL . Is it true? I don't know how to recognize as LEED AP when making payment .
Thank you

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 30 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Hi Maria - If you register with the WELL site with the same username and password as you normally use for the USGBC site, the system will automatically find you and set you up with the discounted rate of $425 (which is still very steep!).

Note, the rate expires TODAY. It goes up to $600 for LEED APs tomorrow.

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Maria Peralta Energy Consultant - LEED AP BD+C, ECOPENTA Jun 30 2016 LEEDuser Member 23 Thumbs Up

Thanks Brian,

It's weird because I have done the register with the same username and password as the USGBC and it's not working. The system automatically says $600.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 30 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Maria - You may want to contact someone at IWBI. Unlike the USGBC they are very customer friendly and will be able to help you out.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jul 07 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Ouch.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Aug 10 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Tristan - You know it to be true. Sorry if it was too harsh. Just came off a bad experience there and a great experience with IWBI.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Aug 29 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Brian, yes, of course I get it. Though I think USGBC customer service is way improved compared to a few years ago and I see lots of things getting resolved there. It's good to hear that IWBI is starting off from a good place.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Aug 29 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Brian, yes, of course I get it. Though I think USGBC customer service is way improved compared to a few years ago and I see lots of things getting resolved there. It's good to hear that IWBI is starting off from a good place.

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David Hubka Director - Operations Transwestern Sustainability Services
Jun 28 2016
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Feature 65 - Activity Incentive Program

The WELL Assessor on our project has stated that "Part 1f is slightly different in that it is a demonstration of employee participation, and is looking backwards". therefore simply providing free gym access does not meet the requirement of 1f.

I wonder what other project teams have heard from WELL Assessors on this precondition. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 28 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

David - My understanding matches that of the Assessor. A survey, key card access history, or some other measure needs to be used to track usage. Providing the space isn't enough. The idea is to ensure that your promotion of the space is effective.

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Jun 28 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3972 Thumbs Up

Hi Brian, thank you for the insight.

I have a question into IWBI as to what constitutes a 'gym visit' and how often the visits must occur. Once I receive their response, I will post.

thanks again.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, JLL Oct 13 2016 LEEDuser Member 7288 Thumbs Up

Please let us know what you find out! I would think that if someone visits a gym once a week it should count. Thank you for pointing out that the standard doesn't elaborate on what constitutes utilizing free gym access.

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Dec 02 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3972 Thumbs Up

Hello,

I now have response from our WELL Assesment report.

We uploaded the fitness room key access report for one month to WELL Online. It was demonstrated that every employee accessed the fitness center at least once, and some employees accessed this many times.

This method was approved by the WELL Assessor.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
Jun 16 2016
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GBES Resources for WELL AP Exam

Project Location: United States

Hi all - For what it's worth, GBES now has a slide deck and flash cards available for $34.95 from their web site to use as a study guide for the WELL AP exam. They are also sponsoring a free 1 hour webinar (good for CE credits) on June 23.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/112765188043756033

IWBI will not have full study guides or resources available until later this year.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 28 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

GBES WELL Exam Prep packet (400 questions and 200 flash cards) available for a combined discount of $99.95.

I don't work for GBES, just spreading the word.

http://www.gbes.com/store/products/well-ap-exam-prep-silver-pack.html

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jun 29 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Brian, thanks for sharing. In partnership with GreenStep, BuildingGreen launched our study guide to the WELL AP exam today. You can check it out here:

https://www.buildinggreen.com/well-ap-exam

The author, Alex Spilger, has taken the exam 4 times—it knows it inside and out and the guide is focused on what you really need to know to pass.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Aug 29 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Just as an update: Buildinggreen.com also has study materials and practice tests available for WELL AP exams. Between the GBES and Building Green materials, there's now enough data out there to effectively pass the AP exam if you are able to memorize these practice materials. It's worth the expense and cheaper than having to take the test twice! Good luck everyone!

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Jeslin Varghese Director of Sustainability, GBRI Oct 12 2016 Guest 87 Thumbs Up

I would personally endorse GBRI's study materials (Online Modules, Study Guide, 5 Mock Exams) as well since I used it and passed with a 95% score :). There are FREE Exam prep resources available as well on GBRIonline.org/well

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H Agarwal
Jun 03 2016
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Well for condos !

Project Location: India

As the everything starts from top and gradually bottoms down. I wish Well for individual homes could be available . The Ultra HNI if once convinced will follow itup for the rest of their structures that they own.

Any supporters or opinion on this !!

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Michael Munn Assistant Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, The Green Engineer, Inc. Jun 05 2016 LEEDuser Member 46 Thumbs Up

Others have had the same thought as you H Agarwal.

http://delos.com/press-release/delos-and-fuse-cambridge-announce-partner...

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 06 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

WELL Homes and WELL Neighborhoods are both in the development stages.

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Pippa Lee Mar 13 2017 Guest

This is something I am also personally interested in being a residential architect. I have reached out to Delos to ask about a single residence program as I have a lot of clients who would love for this to be available for their condos / houses but haven't had a great response from Delos to date. I assume as the WELL certification gains traction and more homeowners want this for their private residences we will see a single residence standard emerge. I just apply the multi-residential standards where I can (there is a lot of overlap) but just means the home owner doesn't end up with a certified WELL house. Also means I cannot claim the hours spend on my CE credits :(

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc.
Jun 01 2016
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WELL pricing

I'm curious who out there has looked at WELL pricing.... and how are you doing making the case for the value proposition on your projects? I think this calculator is fairly new:

https://projects.wellcertified.com/node/add/pricing

Also, IWBI has stated that early adopters are getting special pricing until June 30, 2016... I'm curious what comes after that.

If you have winning making the case for WELL on projects, why? 

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 01 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Tristan - I have a con call on Friday with someone from IWBI. I will ask the question about the price adjustment June 30.

As for the justification, the way forward with WELL (in my humble opinion) is two-fold:

1) See where there are already overlaps with LEED project requirements, non-LEED project requirements (OPROwner's project requirements (OPR) is a written document that details the ideas, concepts, and criteria that are determined by the owner to be important to the success of the project.). Anything outside of these two categories gets lumped into "WELL Project Costs" - one-time things that need to be done to meet the needs of the WELL standard.

2) Then the ongoing activities, building operations, wellness studies, occupant engagement, PR, etc. all get pushed into a separate bucket that's NOT project related. These costs fall under building maintenance and/or HR-overhead. If the Certification fees are largely (80/20) allocated to this bucket, then the expense is considered a cost of doing business and not a project cost. This seems to be easier for project teams to get behind because it's not affecting their performance during the project itself. If the client company has a Wellness program already in place then this conversation becomes a lot easier.

Assembling the team seems to also be much more important for WELL than it is for LEED. The behavioral adjustments that are needed directly tie to "culture" which is something that CEOs and HR Managers deem as their responsibility to mold and maintain. If WELL doesn't fit with the culture, the project, cost aside, is dead in the water.

It's not a clear path, and it's not inexpensive. But I'm beginning to believe it has staying power.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jun 01 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Brian, interesting points. I was talking to a consultant today who was having trouble getting behind WELL. Her reasoning was that with LEED, a certain fee goes to GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). for certification, but there is plenty of work for a consultant, e.g. commissioningThe process of verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements..

With WELL, so much of the fee goes to WELL, which essentially does its own commissioning in the form of auditing, that the consultant has little business interest in the program.

Any thoughts on that?

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 01 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

I agree with her if her business is solely commissioningThe process of verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements.. But from what I understand, aside from performance verification of certain aspects, there is a lot of work that needs to be done "behind the scenes" as well as in front of the client to make the WELL program work effectively. ---EDIT--- Also, I think as more WELL APs materialize, the IWBI will allow more and more third party verification to happen in the private sector. ---

I'm coming to the understanding that WELL is simply not the same as LEED. It's much more on a human scale.

At a recent panel discussion, hosted by the BSA/AIA and USGBC MA Chapter, one of the most striking comments to me was regarding ongoing occupant interest and interaction with WELL. Occupants in one building were continually poling each other and the sustainability/facility staff on how *they* (collectively) were doing. Issues like air quality, food choice, counting steps, avoiding the elevator, walking to lunch instead of driving, etc. had become integrated into daily culture because WELL brought these issues out into the open. That same occupant population never asked about the fact that the same space is also LEED Certified, nor what that means.

LEED is cool for building nerds, but to the general population it lacks a human touch. I think it's important to do both. Again, the challenge will be rolling the costs into business management overhead as opposed to one-time project budgets.

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Jun 02 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3972 Thumbs Up

Hi Brian,

You make some good points.

LEED* is focused on the planet, while WELL is focused on the people.
(*LEED includes an IEQ credit category so it does address the human aspect)

The GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). is currently in the RFQ process to identify outside entities who can perform the Performance Verification and WELL Assessor roles of WELL certification.

Rolling the costs into business management overhead, rather than one-time project budgets, will be crucial since WELL certifications lapse after 3 years.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 28 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

To add to this, another offline conversation with someone within the WELL ranks here in Boston stated that as adoption increases, the pricing structure will likely change to reflect that.

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
Jun 01 2016
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How to implement WELL in a partially occupied building...?

Project Location: United States

Hello! First, thank you Tristan for adding a WELL discussion to this site. I'm sure it will be a great resource for a whole host of "do gooders" like myself. :)

My question has to do with implementing WELL in a partially occupied building. We are engaged in a large LEED CS v3 project where approx 30% of the interior space is currently occupied by multiple tenants. The other 70% is undergoing a gut, phased renovation. The existing tenants may be relocated over time, but for now we are running under the assumption that their spaces will remain in tact with procedural changes and some mechanical system changes to accommodate all of the other changes to the building.

In the context of WELL, are there any "red flags" in a situation like this that we need to be mindful of? Particularly IAQIndoor air quality: The quality and attributes of indoor air affecting the health and comfort building occupants. IAQ encompasses available fresh air, contaminant levels, acoustics and noise levels, lighting quality, and other factors. testing where the finishes were installed prior to any building modifications.

Thanks!
Brian

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Jun 01 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3972 Thumbs Up

Hello Brian,

I'd recommend running through the preconditions of the WELL Core & Shell typology as they apply to your project. This WELL typology also requires that the project achieve at least one Optimization for each Compliance path.

The 'red flags' of the preconditions may include:
Feature 3 - demand control ventilation requirements.
Feature 11 - lead evaluation and abatement requirements.
Feature 64 - stair accessibility requirements.
Feature 85 - Integrative Design (if project is already designed)

As for one Optimization in each Concept, I would be confident the project team could identify Features most applicable to the scope of the project.

Please note that there is a WELL addendum dated May 2016 available at the wellcertified.com that helps better explain some of the requirements.

Hope this helps!

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Brian Salazar President, LEED AP, WELL AP, Entegra Development & Investment, LLC Jun 01 2016 LEEDuser Member 1242 Thumbs Up

Hi David - Thank you for your comments. We have gone through the preconditions and optimizations and there's nothing really in there that directly relates to physical disruption of the existing tenant spaces. We can test and examine these areas as needed with limited disruption (after hours, weekends, etc.) Also mechanical system upgrades will be rolled out into the tenant spaces. What they aren't getting: new lighting, new finishes, new layouts. And also in terms of integrative Design, we think we have that covered as the owner has been knocking this idea around for a while with the whole team at the table. Now they are looking to act on it. But I will review each of these again with them and make sure the path is clear. Thanks!

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Michael Munn Assistant Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, The Green Engineer, Inc. Jun 02 2016 LEEDuser Member 46 Thumbs Up

Hi folks,

I just wanted to add some updated info. As of the May 2016 addendum, the IWBI now offers a full Core and Shell certification. The Core and Shell Typology no longer requires 1 Optimization from each category as it did with the "Certifiable" approach. There are now 26 Preconditions that a Core and Shell building must comply with (if applicable), and it can achieve a Silver level certification with 0 Optimizations like other Typologies.

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Jun 02 2016 LEEDuser Expert 3972 Thumbs Up

Good catch Michael, thank you for posting.

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