WELL Building Certification
SIG Consulting Services for WELL Building Certification
SIG has been an early adopter (and promoter) of the WELL Building Standard. We have three WELL AP’s in-house and one WELL Faculty, which is very rare experience. We have a very strong relationship with both Delos and the IWBI. Currently, our green building consulting firm is providing WELL Training/Charrettes/Gap Analyses nation-wide. The fact that we not only provide Consulting but also Engineering allows for a smoother WELL project – we can provide the “pre-testing” before the WELL Assessor is onsite at the end of the project. We run our WELL projects similar to a LEED project, with the exception of the pre-testing and prep for the actual WELL Assessor Testing. Charrette/Scorecard early, planning/support/documentation in the middle, and submittal at the end. Also, SIG prides itself in great hand-offs to the building operations team: “how do you run this LEED/WELL building and how do we keep this up?”
We would like to know if you are one of the first adopters of this new Building Standard. Please let us know by leaving us a message or any questions you have.
Benefits of WELL Building Certification
- Protecting the health of occupants through enhanced air and water quality standards
- Talent retention and reduced absences based on overall attractiveness of work environment
- Exercise incentives through active furnishings, classes and facilities, or monitoring devices
- Enhanced diet by offering healthier choices in food and beverages
- Improved sleep from light quality – natural and artificial
WELL Gap Studies
Budgeting for upgrades and measuring feasibility of WELL certification on your existing facility is not a quick or easy task. SIG offers years of building consulting experience for fast and accurate identification of precondition gaps, as well as optimization paths. We will work with your goals and budget to tailor specific strategies to earn the WELL certification that best serves your unique occupant profile.
A gap study is the ideal first step to plan for capital improvement projects. Our gap studies include an in-depth interview with your leadership team, site visit, and detailed report. The total engagement is typically complete within 45 days of signing an agreement. Our goal is to deliver the big picture for a small investment.
WELL Building Consulting
SIG’s consulting team is full service, and all smiles. We take pride in our building consulting services because we have built the foundation of our company on being the premier sustainability resource for ALL aspects of commercial real estate. Our team includes Architect, Engineers, and Real Estate professionals who understand the opportunities and constraints of designing or operating a building. We will create a phased improvement plan to integrate WELL preconditions and optimizations in a mindful and efficient work flow. Our team is hands on and always available to answer your questions. We are at your service every step of the way.
If you want more responsibility on your team, we also provide training, and accountability through auditing to assure that your application is successful. You don’t have to risk not passing the performance verification phase because we will verify all the metrics before you submit your application.
WELL Assessors – Visual and Performance Verification
Every WELL building certification requires a trained WELL Assessor to be assigned by the certification body, GBCI. SIG’s engineering team is meeting the qualifications to be a third-party assessor, and thus has the technical skills necessary to help you comply in the application portion. Knowing that your consultant also works as a certification agent gives you the confidence that your application is strong.
The WELL Building Standard is the newest performance-based building certification available for new construction and existing operations around the world. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) gathered a team of doctors, scientists, and practitioners to develop and peer review the standard’s performance benchmarks. The standard uses seven concepts to define health and wellness in the built environment.
How to use WELL
The WELL Building Standard v1.0 was made public in Fall 2014 and the first building was certified in Spring 2016. Read about it here. IWBI has partnered with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) for third-party certification. GBCI also certifies LEED green building applications and strong efforts were made to synergize the two ratings systems. Three project typologies are available within the WELL Building Standard, and more are developing in pilot stages.
- New and Existing Buildings
- New and Existing Interiors
- Core and Shell