WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard, the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness.

WELL is premised on a holistic view of health: human health as not only a state of being free of disease - which is indeed a fundamental component of health - but also of the enjoyment of productive lives from which we derive happiness and satisfaction. Healthy spaces protect us from that which can make us sick, promote practices that can keep us well, and facilitate opportunities for us to connect with one another and live our lives to the fullest. 

10 Concepts in WELL

WELL operates on a points-based system, with a total of 110 points available to each project. 

Projects must achieve all preconditions as well as a certain number of points to earn different levels of certification:

WELL Silver Certification: 50 points

WELL Gold Certification: 60 points

WELL Platinum Certification: 80 points

Projects must earn a minimum of two points per concept. Projects may earn no more than 12 points per concept. At the point of submitting for Documentation Review, projects may submit a scorecard that contains up to 100 points worth of features. Projects can also add on an additional ten points for Innovation to their scorecard.

Feature   Feature Type   Description   Sika Sarnafil Solutions  

Feature 74 (Comfort): Exterior Noise Intrusion

Core and Shell

New and Existing Interiors (Optimization)

New and Existing Buildings

Prerequisite To reduce acoustic disruptions by limiting external noise intrusion.  Sika Sarnafil roofing systems with Roxul stone wool insulation will contribute to this feature.

Feature 100 (Mind): Biophilia II  -Quantitative

Core and Shell

New and Existing Interiors

New and Existing Buildings

Optimization To support occupant emotional and psychological well-being by including the natural environment in design. Install a Sika Sarnafil “vegetated” roof where building occupants have access.