To support the development of healthier building environments, groups have come together to develop a variety of healthy building certifications and standards to assist building owners and managers, such as WELL, Fitwel, RESET, and others.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Healthy Building Standard?
Why Get Certified?
These building certifications and standards provide a roadmap to achieving health, wellness, and sustainability goals for various building types. By pursuing these healthy building certifications and other wellness improvements, building owners and operators can grow the momentum of the healthy building movement and demonstrate that their buildings are safer and more comfortable than non-certified buildings.
Healthy buildings integrate concerns for occupant wellbeing into architecture, interiors, and ideally the real estate development process from the ground-up. A Healthy Building has a positive impact on the mental and physical health of a building’s occupants, be that a workplace, residential facility, or learning environment.
Green Buildings Prioritize the Reduction of Negative Environmental Impacts
Healthy Buildings Prioritize the Wellbeing of Occupants
The cross-over between green building concepts and healthy building concepts is obvious. It is our goal is to create buildings that consider both human and environmental health combined.
A performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being
A Building Health certification dictates that owners and occupants can feel confident that their spaces are purpose-built to support human health through improving
Healthy buildings and workplaces can help businesses attract and retain top employees.
In the WELL-certified offices, the total employee turnover rate has fallen by almost a third, and the hiring rate for new talent has doubled.
—Ashley O’Neill, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and leader of CBRE Canada’s Healthy Workplace Initiative
Green, healthy buildings with a high standard of air quality tend to attract high-value tenants who lock up long-term leases, paying up to 7.7% more in rent.
— The Financial Impact of Healthy Buildings
CogFx studies from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which found that office workers in certified green buildings had higher scores for cognitive function, better environmental perceptions, and fewer health symptoms than those in high-performing, noncertified buildings.