On the week of March 27th, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute, announced the new WELL Building Standard implemented in China. It is a “performance-based standard to improve the health and wellbeing of Chinese” citizens, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Chinese people are facing with an increased environmental awareness and are actively looking for solutions to improve the quality of life in the country.
“Our world today is confronting massive health challenges that are assaulting our complete physical, mental and social wellbeing,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As these challenges continue to mount, all of us have an obligation to be more purposeful when addressing how human health relates to our built environment. The WELL certification program is a powerful way to accelerate better, healthier buildings throughout China.” The WELL Building Standard is a performance based system that measures, certifies and monitors features that impact human health, through air, water, nourishment, light, and comfort.
If you stop to think about it, we spend most of our time inside buildings. If these are not monitored closely, things like air quality, can have a huge impact on our health and productivity. With this new standard, China can make a positive impact in the quality of the built space it has and by extension, the environment and the people around.