The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced the upcoming launch of the WELL Performance Rating, a new designation rewarding building owners and operators for using “measurable and validated” building and human performance metrics.
The rating will consist of features drawn from the WELL Building Standard (WELL) along with new pathways and beta features that will be informed by the IWBI Performance Advisory, WELL Performance Testing Organizations (PTOs) and a host of industry leaders in smart building technologies.
“The industry has done a great job of capturing environmental building performance metrics on site – energy and water use, for example – but we need to be able to marry these eco-friendly indicators with health performance metrics to enable balanced choices about the health of planet and the health of people,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO of IWBI. “With this incredible and diverse array of partners, advisors and other contributors, we are confident that the new rating will unlock and accelerate the use of smarter, more integrated approaches to improve and enhance well-being and performance.”
The WELL Performance Rating will be comprised of WELL features that call for specific leadership thresholds relating to air and water quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, lighting and occupant experience, helping projects apply both quantitative and qualitative data to track, monitor and improve the performance of both the buildings and the people inside
This new designation will add to the previous WELL ratings that includes the WELL Health-Safety Rating and the forthcoming WELL Health Equity Rating.
IWBI members contributing to the development of the WELL Performance Rating include Aircuity, Carrier, CETEC, Cognian Technologies, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Kaiterra, Lennox International, Schneider Electric, SGS, Thornton Tomasetti and Trane Technologies.
“Like WELL, we have long been committed to taking a holistic approach to the full spectrum of factors that create healthy buildings for people, including air quality, safety, and functional conditions such as thermal comfort, lighting, sound and environmental issues that contribute to better cognitive function and well-being. We have led the industry in HVAC and building health and are currently pursuing certification under the rigorous WELL v2 standard at our own world headquarters,” said David Gitlin, chairman and CEO of Carrier.
“At Honeywell, we’re not waiting for the future, we’re making it by creating innovative building solutions that foster and improve well-being and unlock positive outcomes at scale. By collaborating with IWBI on the WELL Performance Rating, we’re ushering in a new era of building performance, bridging building health while being conscious of environmental impact, and equally important, inspiring innovation and spurring market transformation that advances occupant well-being and productivity,” said Doug Wright, president and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies (HBT).