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Doing WELL: A Walk Through the WELL™ Suite of Healthy Building Rating Systems
May 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
In this session, Jeff Hochberg, WELL AP, LEED GA, WELL Faculty, will walk attendees through the evolution of the WELL Building Standard. Starting with the creation of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), and the first WELL Certification for single buildings, the WELL ecosystem quickly grew to include the standard’s first at-scale solution, the “WELL Portfolio” program, followed by the current suite of rating systems, “WELL Health-Safety,” “WELL Performance,” and “WELL Health Equity” (coming late 2022). These more recent rating systems strategically address the multiple needs of organizations in a post-COVID-19 environment.
Jeff will break down each of the WELL Rating systems in detail and will highlight the building types and industry sectors (higher education, multi-family residential, hospitality, airports, sports, and entertainment, etc.) that lend themselves to each.
Despite the explosive growth WELL has experienced since 2020, potential WELL projects are often declined due to a false perception that the added cost would be prohibitive and bring minimal return to the developer or project owner. However, published case studies by the early adopters of WELL demonstrate otherwise, and have shown measurable improvement in productivity, absenteeism, retention, and hiring ability. Real estate developers who offer healthy buildings are charging measurably higher rents while at the same time, achieving higher occupancy rates, and investors are channeling more of their funding to organizations that promote healthy cultures including healthy workplaces.
Jeff will conclude with an overview of the incremental increased investment that WELL projects incur, and selected case study outcomes that demonstrate WELL’s potential for delivering a positive return on that investment.
- Understand the scientific research-based evolution of the WELL Building Standard
- Understand the WELL Rating systems, their differences, and the sectors they best lend themselves to
- Understand the business case, i.e., both the costs and the benefits of attaining WELL
About the Presenter
Jeff Hochberg is a Senior Consultant on the Healthy Building Solutions team at Catalyst Partners, a leader in the design of high-performance buildings and interiors that have a positive impact on the environment, the communities around them, and the health and lives of the people who occupy them.
Jeff has an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, is credentialed as both a WELL AP and LEED GA, and has spent over 35 years in the field of health, wellness, and population health management, serving in leadership roles within the corporate, hospital, health plan, public not-for-profit, and consulting sectors.
Along with Jeff’s WELL AP credential, which signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment and specialization in the WELL Building Standard, Jeff is a member of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) WELL Faculty and serves on the IWBI Movement Concept Advisory panel.
Jeff has led WELL projects in the corporate, real estate, and academic sectors, guiding organizations through the steps of evaluating projects for WELL, identifying the optimum WELL rating system(s) based on organizational needs and vision, building the stakeholder team, and implementing the steps to WELL.