WELL Building Standard V2.0

The WELL Building Standard V1.0 was published in September 2015. This is a dynamic rating system that can be used by the construction industry to enhance the design of their building to help improve human health and wellbeing.


The WELL Building Standard is divided into seven categories of wellness; these are called Concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. We wrote an article; An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard giving a brief outline of these concepts. We have also been visiting architects and construction companies across the UK giving presentations about the standard to support learning within the industry.


The WELL Building Standard is applicable for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to three types of projects:

  1. New and Existing Buildings

  2. New and Existing Interiors

  3. Core and Shell developments


Over the past three years, there has been a lot of interest in utilising the WELL Building Standard as a tool to improve the design of building to improve the health of the occupants. As a result of the WELL Building Standard V2.0 was launched in May 2018 after more research into the area and suggestions have been made on how to increase the impact at a global level. The plan is to ensure that the new version of WELL Building Standard will be regularly and proactively adapted to varying contexts and constructs, making it even more relevant and readily applicable to spaces across the globe.


Principles of WELL Building Standard V2.0

  • Equitable: The aim is to benefit as many people as possible. Including all demographic and economic groups and with special consideration of groups of the least advantage or vulnerable populations.
  • Global: To allow the application of the Standard across the globe.
  • Evidence-based: All the elements of the Standard have been thoroughly researched and validated.
  • Technically robust: Draws upon industry best practices and proven strategies, offering consistency in findings across the relevant field or discipline.
  • Customer-focused: There has been a lot of stakeholder engagement and expertise from established leaders in science, medicine, business, design and operations has been utilised.
  • Resilient: Takes into account advances in scientific knowledge and technology, continuously adapting and integrating new findings in the field.

WELL V2 has been structured to maximise the use within the industry. It has been designed so that as new evidence is found, there is a process of continuous improvement of the Standard. There is a digital scorecard that can be used to keep track of performance against the Standard.


In Version 1.0 there were seven concepts, there are now an additional three which need to be taken into consideration. The concepts are:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Nourishment
  • Light
  • Movement (new)
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Sound
  • Materials (new)
  • Mind
  • Community (new)

Each concept is further broken down into distinct health intents or features as they were previously called.


You can read the full details of WELL V2.0 Pilot here or if you would like us to attend one of your team meetings and give a presentation of the WELL Building Standard then contact us directly by calling 0115 7788227 or email info@bem-services.co.uk