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Nevada community members learned about WELL this month from David Ray of Greenview Global.

The influences of the built environment and its effect on human health and well-being are numerous and wide-reaching. That’s where the WELL Building Standard comes in—the first performance-based system to measure, certify and monitor the relationship between our well-being and the buildings around us.

But how exactly do green builders integrate human health with sustainability? That’s the question that David Ray, LEED AP O+M and Principal, Greenview Global, tackled during a luncheon with the USGBC Nevada community on July 12.

As with LEED®, WELL is certified by GBCI®. Exclusive to WELL, however, is the focus the system places on occupant experience.

David explained that, in addition to at-home benefits, WELL can be leveraged to increase business revenue. Throughout his presentation, David referred to various studies that noted the impacts of WELL, including one that showed that lighting features and overall ambiance affect retail sales and employee retention.

These improvements have been shown to extend to student health and performance as well. Another study David discussed, conducted in the U.K., found that academic performance improved up to 73 percent after structural changes to the built environment.

An aspect essential to achieving WELL, David emphasized, is the importance of simulating the natural environment indoors. Lights, sounds and images that are reminiscent of the outdoors tend to foster focus and improve work output. These features are the ones currently propelling not only the future of green building, but also the future of green business practices and human health.

Learn more about the WELL standards

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