Well and Breeam coalesce to streamline approval process

The International Well Building Institute and the Building Research Establishment, which operates the environmental building standards Well and Breeam, have announced that they plan to collaborate.

The two standards when considered in tandem do compliment each other. One of the founding principles of the Breeam standard was to maximise environmental potential without having a negative effect on people.

The WELL standard goes further than avoiding ‘a negative effect’ and instead attempts to ensure that the building boosts the wellbeing of the people that use it.

The two organisations, one British based (Breeam) and the other American (WELL), have attempted to locate areas where the two standards overlap and have enveloped these into the respective application processes. It has been estimated that there is a thirty percent overlap between the two standards.

It is hoped that this action will streamline the intricate process of applying for certification, saving time and money for the applicant in the process.

‘We’re excited about the opportunity to join forces in a way that will advance the inclusion of health and wellbeing considerations in Europe’s built environment,’ said BRE director of building performance group Gavin Dunn, at a press conference in London.

We’re excited about the opportunity to join forces in a way that will advance the inclusion of health and wellbeing considerations in Europe’s built environment.

Gavin Dunn - BRE director of building performance group 

Dunn noted that more and more people want their structures to complete both the Breeam and the Well building standards and that steps had to be taken to ensure that the two certificates do not conflict. 

The Breeam standard is currently used in eighty countries and has recently stated to be used in the United States.

The standard has sold itself as a cheaper option to alternative more expensive certification processes in the US.

The WELL standard was launched in 2013 by Delos Living in reply to statistics that claim that ninety percent of people spend their time indoors. The standard aims to ensure that the built environment should enhance health instead of harming it with toxic interiors, poor access to healthy food and poor air quality.

The organisation has teamed up with the American Institute of Architects to help to educate members on the necessities of designing healthy buildings. The body has an advisory board that includes former US House majority leader Dick Gephard and Leonardo Di Caprio.

The conjoining of the two processes is expected to begin early next year. 

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