On 28th November the international WELL building institute (IWBI) and BRE announced an agreement between the two organisations to pursue alignments between the WELL building standard (WELL) and BREEAM making it easier for projects pursuing both standards.
So what does that mean exactly? Well under the new agreement, where project teams previously had to submit documentations to both organisations, they can now save time and money, as both organisations will mutually identify credits meaning you now only need to submit these documents once to either organisation.
Both BREEAM and WELL are evidence-based systems that value best practice, continual improvement and the interest of both the environment and people. This new alignment made perfect sense as both certifications require the submission of project documentation and on-site post-occupancy performance testing.
The announcement comes at a perfect time where we are increasingly looking at how the built environment impacts human health as well as sustainability, especially for corporations and the real estate industry.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to join forces in a way that will advance the inclusion of health and well-being considerations in Europe’s built environment,” said Gavin Dunn, Director of Building Performance Group at BRE.
“Since the beginning, IWBI has worked to find ways that WELL can work harmoniously with the world’s leading sustainable building standards because we believe sustainability and health are synonymous,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO, IWBI. “We look forward to partnering with BRE to advance this important concept by helping project teams who are using both BREEAM and WELL deliver a more sustainable and healthier built environment as efficiently as possible.”
The credits between the two standards are expected to be identified by January 2017.