IWBI Celebrates Crossing the 1,000th WELL Registered Project Mark

New projects in all corners of the globe reflect significant momentum
for WELL buildings, interiors and communities that help people thrive

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#WeAreWELL–The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) has marked a new milestone, crossing
the 1,000 mark for projects that have enrolled in this premier global
program that advances people’s health and well-being through better
buildings and communities.

The distinction of being 1,000th to register for WELL is shared by two
projects in the capital city of Germany.

Together totaling 1.25 million square feet, the two office projects in
Berlin are being developed by EDGE Technologies, a subsidiary of OVG
Real Estate, and supported by BuroHappold. The EDGE buildings in Berlin
near Südkreuz Station and East Side Gallery are both WELL Core projects
registered under WELL v2, with the aim of achieving ambitious
requirements for healthy and sustainable working environments. EDGE
Technologies already achieved Germany’s first WELL Precertification at
the Gold level for its EDGE Grand Central Berlin, and the Netherlands’
first WELL Precertification at the Platinum level for its EDGE Olympic
in Amsterdam.

After crossing this milestone in late September, WELL’s momentum
continued as its registered projects count today stands at 1,025, and
includes the addition of the first registered project on the African
continent, as well as the addition of Indonesia as one of the now 37
countries where WELL is being used.

‘The growth of WELL tells a powerful success story of positive global
engagement and speaks to the universal need to support and advance human
health every way we can, including through the buildings and spaces we
inhabit every day,’ said Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of the
International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™), which develops and
delivers the popular rating system.

He added, “What we’re experiencing through this second wave of
sustainability is the demand for buildings and communities that sit at
the heart of what this global movement is all about – people. Because
‘proven performance’ is the unique hallmark of WELL, leadership
companies and organizations around the world are making it their
certification of choice. After all, when it comes to human health why
just assume you’ll get the performance you intend when you can validate
it for all the world to see?”

Launched in October 2014 after six years of research and development,
WELL has become the premier global standard for buildings, interior
spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure
features that support and advance human health and wellness.

Earlier this spring, IWBI unveiled the WELL v2™ pilot, the next version
of the pioneering rating system, which includes a full suite of
enhancements that advance its global aim to build a healthier future for

A truly global rating system, WELL encompasses more than 190 million
square feet of real estate projects in 37 countries worldwide. From
major markets like China, the United States, Australia, France, the
United Kingdom and Canada, to developing countries such as India,
Brazil, Thailand and Colombia, the WELL Building Standard has resonated
worldwide for its holistic approach to helping improve health and
well-being for everyone inside the buildings. The program has also
helped to spur innovations across the building, design and construction
industries, providing projects with customizable approaches to address
geographical and cultural health concerns.

A dedicated community of practitioners and industry professionals from
across the real estate, corporate, academic and public health spheres
has taken shape alongside the global adoption of WELL. Today more than
3,500 people have successfully earned their WELL AP™ (Accredited
Professional) credential, with nearly 2,300 more registered as part of
the growing pool of individuals looking to develop and demonstrate their
understanding of building strategies that put people at the center of
decision making about the places we all live, work, learn and play.

About IWBI and WELL

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global
movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help
people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its
popular WELL Building Standard, and the WELL Community Standard pilot is
a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for
healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that
buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our
comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise,
our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the global wellness
real estate community through management of the WELL AP credential, the
pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational
resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness
everywhere. For more information about IWBI and WELL, please visit us here.


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