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The WELL Building Standard focuses directly on the occupants of the building and goes into great detail on how the built environment impacts humans on a physical level. Facility managers have long focused on the energy efficiency of buildings, and there has been a growing focus on creating a comfortable environment with some level of individual control. This standard goes far beyond surface-level ergonomics and aesthetic considerations to dissect how individual building systems have a direct influence over distinct systems within the human body, and in turn how this relationship can be fine-tuned to create healthier, happier, and more productive environments.
Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management, had a chance to catch up with Nathan Stodola, vice president of product development with the International WELL Building Institute, at Greenbuild in LA. In this video we discuss what the standard is, and how facility managers can apply it in their existing facilities.
And to learn more about other strategies to create wellness the built environment, check out this article from Building Operating Management.
In addition to more detail on the WELL Building Standard, the article discusses various other wellness strategies and systems available to facility managers.
This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management magazine, firstname.lastname@example.org.