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Panel on CBDCa-Québec – Event's review

In an effort to demystify evolving building certification trends in Canada’s real estate industry, Canadian Green Building Council - Quebec (CaGBC) organized a panel in November to present and explain LEED, HQE and WELL. Maude Pintal, Sustainability Project Manager at Ædifica, took part in the discussions to highlight the standards contained in WELL. Brief summary:

WELL was introduced in 2014 and is the first building standard that focuses exclusively on occupant health and well-being

WELL lays out a cross-section of LEED and Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements and serves as a complementary certification process

WELL is made up of 7 vital concepts

Air: Foster optimal indoor air quality by limiting pollutants.

Water: Foster clean water through frequent quality testing, specific filtration methods, and the use of design strategies to maximize consumption efficiency.

Food: Encourage occupants to make sensible choices and give them access to fresh and organic produce.

Lighting: Apply design strategies that align with the circadian rhythm and promote productivity.

Physical fitness: Promote active outdoor and indoor design and physical training incentive programs.

Comfort: Use ergonomic design and optimum acoustics and set comfortable indoor temperature.

Mind: Apply principles of integrated design, biophilia and flexible schedules.

The benefits of WELL

With a human-centred approach to design, construction, management and decision-making, WELL certification adds value to real estate assets, improves people’s well-being and ultimately cuts costs associated with poor health.

For more information on the event, visit CBDCa-Québec (in French).

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