Building tech heavyweights partner up for WELL Performance Rating

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The Performance Rating will establish a standard for continuous monitoring, reporting and measures relating to wellness metrics like indoor air quality, lighting levels and noise levels.

Honeywell, Cognian Technologies, Schneider Electric, Lennox International and Trane will participate.

The core group of smart building technology leaders will work with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch the rating, which will reward building managers for using measurable and validated building and human performance metrics, which evaluate the health and well-being of occupants and use these insights to enhance conditions.

The rating will consist of features drawn from IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, combined with new pathways and beta features that will be informed by the IWBI Performance Advisory, WELL Performance Testing Organisations and the industry leaders partnership, according to IWBI president and CEO Rachel Hodgdon.

It will comprise WELL features that call for specific leadership thresholds relating to air and water quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, lighting and occupant experience. It will aim to help projects apply both quantitive and qualitative data to track, monitor and improve the performance of the buildings and the people inside.

The new designation will add to a growing raft of WELL ratings, including the WELL Health-Safety Rating and the forthcoming WELL Health Equity Rating. These ratings can be achieved as stand-alone designations or milestones along the way to WELL Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification. For WELL Portfolio participants, achieving these ratings will contribute to their WELL Score.

IWBI’s global network of 42 WELL Performance Testing Organisations, IWBI member organisations, 18,000 WELL Accredited Professionals and registrants pursuing accreditation in more than 100 countries will support customers in their pursuit of the WELL Performance Rating.

IWBI members contributing to the development of the WELL Performance Rating include: Aircuity, Carrier, CETEC, Johnson Controls, Kaiterra, Thornton Tomasetti, SGS, Honeywell, Cognian, Schneider Electric, Lennox International and Trane.

“We are delighted for our diverse and industry-leading partners, advisers and contributors to join this endeavour by providing their respective industry insight,” says Jack Noonan, vice president of IWBI Asia Pacific.

“To have people return to buildings, the buildings need to be safe and foster well-being,” says Cognian co-founder and CEO Mark Blum.

“Building owners and managers also need to emphasise smart technology and wellness initiatives in order to differentiate their spaces. As employers look to attract employees away from the comfort of the home environment and back into the office, big areas of focus in the Australian market are occupancy analytics and optimising indoor air quality,” he adds.

Earlier this month, 500 Collins Street in Melbourne became Australia’s first existing building to hit Platinum WELL certification.

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

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