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WELL: Pre-approved programs

WELL v2: Surveys

Features C04 and C05: Approved third-party surveys

Below is a list of surveys that may be used to fulfill the third party survey option described in Part 1: Select Project Survey in C04: Occupant Survey, and in Part 1: Utilize Enhanced Survey requirement a) in C05: Enhanced Occupant Survey. Please note: For WELL v2 pilot projects, the below list can be used in reference to features C03: Occupant Survey and C04: Enhanced Occupancy Survey.

  • Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) SurveyTM from the Center for Built Environment at UC Berkeley.
  • Building Evaluation Survey Use Studies (BUS) Wellbeing Survey.
  • Sustainable and Healthy Environments (SHE) survey from the University of Melbourne.
  • Space Performance Evaluation Questionnaire (SPEQ), High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE), University of Oregon.
  • Leesman Index.
  • Occupant Comfort & Wellness Survey from the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University.
  • Comfortmeter
  • Healthy Building Index (HBI), from bba indoor environment & DGMR.
  • Occupant Wellness Survey by Well Living Lab China.
  • PeopleLOOK survey by Baker Stuart
  • IDEWE: WELL occupancy survey by group IDEWE
Feature C05: Approved surveys for additional topics

Below is a list of surveys that meet the criteria for the additional survey topics outlined in Part 1: Utilize Enhanced Survey requirement b) in C05: Enhanced Occupant Survey. Please note: For WELL v2 pilot projects, the below list can be used in reference to feature C04: Enhanced Occupancy Survey.

  • BeWellLeadWell.
  • OHFB-Afriforte.
  • The Thrive XM Index.
  • The Kind Quiz® and Net Culture Score®
  • Situational Human Factors Benchmark~Stress Assessment Service
  • Softer Success Burnout Tool
Features C04 and C05: New survey submissions

Projects pursuing WELL Certification under WELL v2 may wish to submit surveys to be included on one of the pre-approved survey lists above. Projects may submit surveys for evaluation using this form. Please note: For WELL v2 pilot projects, the below list can be used in reference to features C03: Occupant Survey and C04: Enhanced Occupancy Survey. Submissions must include the following information:

  • Survey name
  • Survey developer/administrator
  • Topics covered by survey
  • Qualifications and experience of personnel analyzing the survey
  • Procedures in place to ensure the protection of participant data
  • Purpose of submission:
    • To apply toward C04 Part 1 Option 1 Option 1 and C05 Part 1 requirement a.
    • To apply only toward C05 Part 1 requirement b.
For any questions please contact surveys@wellcertified.com.
Frequently Asked Questions on the review process for third-party survey providers in WELL v2 pilot & WELL v2

WELL v2: Gateways to Wellness

The following presents a list of health and wellness programs and initiatives that have been evaluated by IWBI and found to meet the criteria outlined in I04: Gateways to Wellness:

  • Living Building Challenge, v3: Health & Happiness Petal; v2.1: Health Petal (International Living Future Institute)
  • Workplace Health Achievement Index (American Heart Association)
  • Eat REAL Certified (Eat REAL)
  • Fitwel (Center for Active Design)
  • Healthy Building Certificate (Healthy Building World Institute)
  • NABERS: 4 stars (or higher) in NABERS Indoor Environment (IE) (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Australia)
  • Assessment Standard for Healthy Building (T/ASC02-2016), Operating Label (Chinese Society for Urban Studies Green Building Research Center)
  • WELL Building Standard (IWBI): available to projects undergoing recertification and upgrading to a more recent version of WELL (e.g., originally certified under WELL v1 and upgrading to WELL v2)

Projects may wish to submit a program to be considered for inclusion in the list above. Those projects must submit an Equivalency Proposal documenting how the program meets the following requirements:

  1. Addresses a minimum of three WELL Concepts.
  2. Primary goal is to advance the health and well-being of individuals or communities.
  3. Includes transparent development, rating and scoring or evaluation.
  4. Based on supporting scientific, medical and/or industry research.
  5. Viewable online at no cost.

WELL Health-Safety Rating: Gateways to Health-Safety

The following presents a list of programs approved for feature SI4: Gateways to Health-Safety, the equivalent number of features each is worth, and Health-Safety features that are excluded from the scorecard of projects using each pathway.

Achievement Managing Organization Value Exclusions
GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation ISSA 5 features SC1: Support Handwashing
SC2: Reduce Surface Contact
SC3: Improve Cleaning Practices
SC4: Select Preferred Cleaning Products
SC5: Reduce Respiratory Particle Exposure
SI3: Innovation III
Assessment Standard for Healthy Building (T/ASC02-2016) Chinese Society for Urban Studies Green Building Research Center 1 feature SI3: Innovation III
Yamanashi Green Zone Certification Yamanashi Prefecture 4 features - SC2: Reduce Surface Contact
- SC5: Reduce Respiratory Particle Exposure
- SA1: Assess Ventilation
- SA2: Assess and Maintain Air Treatment Systems
- SI3: Innovation III

Projects may wish to submit a program to be considered for inclusion in the list above. Those projects must submit an Equivalency Proposal documenting how the program meets the following requirements:

  1. Goal is to advance the health and safety of building occupants.
  2. Includes transparent development, rating and scoring or evaluation.
  3. Undergoes third-party review to confirm achievement.
  4. Based on supporting scientific, medical and/or industry research.

In addition, projects must identify any features within the WELL Health-Safety Rating that may align with the program and clearly specify the corresponding section in the program. This information will help the review team determine the equivalent number of features this program is worth, as well as the WELL Health-Safety features that will be excluded from the project's scorecard. An English translation of the relevant sections within the program is also required.

WELL Community Standard: Health and Wellness Rating Systems

The following presents a list of health and wellness rating systems that have been evaluated by IWBI and found to meet the criteria outlined by the certified building requirements of the WELL Community Standard:

  • WELL Building Standard (IWBI)
  • Living Building Challenge (ILFI)
  • Petal Certification (ILFI): any petal combination which includes Health and Happiness
  • Home Performance Index (Irish Green Building Council)

WELL v2 and the WELL Community Standard: Green Rating Systems

The following presents a list of green rating systems that have been evaluated by IWBI and found to meet the criteria outlined by the certified building requirements of WELL v2 Feature I05: Green Building Rating Systems and the WELL Community Standard:

  • LEED (USGBC)
  • BREEAM (BRE)
  • Green Star (GBCA)
  • Petal Certification (ILFI): any petal combination which does not include Health and Happiness
  • Zero Energy Certification (ILFI)
  • HQE (Certivéa)
  • Home Performance Index (Irish Green Building Council)
  • NF Habitat HQE (Cerqual)
  • BEAM Plus (Hong Kong Green Building Council)
  • GB/T 50378, Operation Stage (Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development)
  • DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council)
  • Miljöbyggnad (Sweden Green Building Council)
  • BCA Green Mark (Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority)
  • GBS Green Building Standard (Poland National Sustainable Building Support Association, OSWBZ)
  • GPR Gebouw (W/E Consultants, Netherlands)
  • Minergie-ECO (Minergie and Eco-bau, Switzerland)
  • NABERS: 4.5 stars (or higher) in NABERS Energy, 4 stars (or higher) in NABERS Water and 4 stars (or higher) in NABERS Waste (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Australia)
  • IGBC Green New Buildings Rating System, version 3.0 (Indian Green Building Council)
  • SKA Rating (RICS, United Kingdom)
  • Home Quality Mark ONE (BRE)
  • Green Star (NZGBC)
  • Green Globes (GBI)
  • Green Building Index (Greenbuildingindex Sdn Bhd, Malaysia)
  • Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS Trust)
  • Code for Sustainable Homes (UK Department for Communities and Local Government)

Projects may wish to submit a program to be considered for inclusion in the list above. Those projects must submit an Equivalency Proposal documenting how the program meets the following requirements:

  1. Primary goal is to advance sustainability and green practices in built spaces.
  2. Demonstrates leadership and innovation.
  3. Includes transparent development, rating and scoring processes.
  4. Undergoes third-party review to confirm achievement.
  5. Based on supporting scientific, medical and/or industry research.
  6. Viewable online at no cost.
  7. Addresses at least three of the objectives below:
    1. Reduce contribution to global climate change.1
    2. Enhance individual human health, well-being and vitality.1
    3. Protect and restore water resources.1
    4. Protect, enhance and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services.1
    5. Promote sustainable and regenerative material resource cycles.1
    6. Build a greener economy.1
    7. Enhance community through social equity, environmental justice and quality of life.1

1 U.S. Green Building Council. LEED v4 Impact Category and Point Allocation Development Process.

WELL v2: Diversity and Inclusion Programs

The following presents a list of programs that have been evaluated by IWBI and found to meet the criteria for achieving Option 1 of WELL v2 Feature C12: Diversity and Inclusion:

  • JUST (ILFI).
  • B Corporation (B Lab).
  • GRI Standards, including the Universal Standards and at minimum the Non-Discrimination and Diversity and Equal Opportunity Standards (Global Reporting Initiative).
  • ESG Reporting Guideline (Hong Kong Stock Exchange)

Projects may wish to submit a program to be considered for inclusion in the list above. Those projects must submit an Equivalency Proposal documenting how the program covers at least three of the following topics:

  1. Diversity, inclusion and/or non-discrimination policy.
  2. Equitable and transparent hiring, evaluation and/or promotion practices.
  3. Non-discrimination, including discrimination and harassment reporting procedures.
  4. Diversity of representation in mid- and executive-level leadership positions.
  5. Pay equity and transparency (e.g., compensation scale equity, living wage, gender and ethnic pay equity).
  6. Employee training on diversity, inclusion, and/or reducing implicit bias.
  7. Employee resource groups and/or sponsorship programs.