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BRE and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) are collaborating to promote health and wellbeing in the design, construction and operation of buildings and fit-outs, internationally. The two organisations announced their collaboration on 28 November 2016 with the aim to make it more efficient for clients and project teams to pursue both of their respective standards: BREEAM and the WELL Building StandardTM (WELL).
To simplify the process for project teams pursuing both assessment methods, BRE and IWBI have worked together to compare performance requirements, harmonise evidence and identify opportunities to streamline the process of achieving dual certification. This work demonstrates the significant synergies between the two methods and the efficiencies that exist between their respective assessment and certification processes. It forms a part of an ongoing collaboration between BRE and IWBI to work together to harmonise their approach to health and wellbeing in the built environment across their standards, research programmes and services generally.
With our built environment increasingly being designed and operated from a property investment point of view it is easy to forget the basic function of a building to provide shelter and accommodation to people and their activities whether they are at home, at work or out and about.
On average, people spend over 90% of their lives in and around buildings and much of the rest traveling between them. As such the built environment is critical to our health and wellbeing as a result of the conditions and facilities that it provides and the behaviours that it encourages.
Staff costs typically contribute 90% of the total financial burden associated with a building based business. The impact of productivity, attraction and retention, and general employee satisfaction on the bottom line means that staff wellbeing is vital to business success. The environment in which staff work, live and play are fundamental to these.
BREEAM has promoted the health and wellbeing of those that use buildings since its launch in 1990 and will continue to be at the leading edge in promoting healthier solutions as a key part of its drive to a more sustainable built environment.
This briefing paper sets out the future direction for health and wellbeing in BREEAM and how we are collaborating with international partners to promote a healthier and safer built environment for all.
For more information on this subject, you can also read the briefing paper below on how BREEAM currently address health and wellbeing.
See the video and read the press release on the BREEAM and WELL collaboration in our News area here.
A key focus of BREEAM is the impact that a building or other asset has on the health and wellbeing of its occupants, visitors, neighbours and those involved in its procurement and construction. Since the first scheme was launched to address the design and construction of offices in 1990, improving indoor environmental quality and occupant health has been one of the main objectives of BREEAM. This Briefing Paper outlines BREEAM’s approach to health and wellbeing across the life cycle stages of the built environment, and provides an indication of the areas of future development for the BREEAM family of standards.
The ‘value’ of sustainable buildings is a topic that receives close attention from a wide range of industry professionals. In response, numerous publications in recent years have sought to quantify this value in its various forms and what it means for different stakeholders including developers, owners and tenants of sustainable buildings. This document aims to bring together the findings of such publications and in doing so present the business case for maximising sustainability through BREEAM certification of non-domestic (commercial) buildings. The content is organised under the business benefits categories identified by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) report on ‘The business case for green building’ and references other independent organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).