Innova Early Years Center is pleased to committed to providing an outstanding environment to for its children and our community. To help us to achieve this we have undertaken to achieve WELL certification and are pleased to announce the achievement of GOLD level WELL certification for our Yizhuang campus. WELL all characteristics of the environment such as air, water, nutrition, light, health and comfort. During our current COVID period, this could not be more important.
Our world is facing numerous health challenges today, which are jeopardizing our physical, psychological, and well-being. When these problems continue to deteriorate, we have the responsibility to consider the relationship between human health problems and the built environment be more targeted. The WELL Certification program is a powerful way to promote better and healthier buildings in China.
—Rick Fedrizzi, founder and CEO of the USGBC
In the “COVID-19 post-epidemic era” where keywords such as “health” and “green living” have become people’s primary concern, our attention and demand for a healthy living environment are increasing. “Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, people and organizations are actors and practitioners of green environmental protection. The carefully created building spaces and intelligent and humanized rooms carry people’s vision for a better life, represent the world’s advanced level of architecture, and convey the ultimate care for human happiness and well-being. IEYC always hopes to create a vivid, open, authentic and belonging atmosphere for adults and children. With our unremitting efforts, IEYC has recently obtained WELL Certification Gold Label, which also makes us the first kindergarten to obtain a WELL certification in Asia.
On March 24, 2015, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) formally introduced the WELL building standard into China.
WELL is a performance-based system that measures, certifies and monitors the characteristics of the built environment such as air, water, nutrition, light, health, comfort, and ideas. WELL is based on medical research institutions, exploring the relationship between buildings and the health and well-being of their occupants, allowing owners and employers to understand that their architectural space design is conducive to improving health and well-being and is operating as they expected.
After 7 years of research, WELL certification focuses on how the physical construction environment supports human health, production efficiency, happiness and comfort, and combines best practices in design and construction with hygiene and health measures. WELL pays more attention to PEOPLE.
WELL uses seven core systems-air, water, nutrition, light, fitness, comfort, and spirit, to comprehensively improve the 11 major life systems of the human body. It advocates improving the health of residents and simultaneously improving property values.
WHAT IS WELL?
First of all, WELL is a building standard, it is a system based on building performance, because WELL is to measure the performance of a house after it is built, and integrate human health characteristics into the environment after it is built.
Compared with the past, architecture is doing architectural design, engineering design, and construction. But WELL pays attention to what kind of influence the building itself has on PEOPLE. Just as some decoration materials can be toxic and have adverse effects on people, not only the elderly, children, and pregnant women will be harmed, but actually affect everyone of us. WELL is launched to evaluate and test the physical physiology of buildings. For example, what kind of impact does architecture have on our cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, sleep system, etc.?
It took WELL six years to develop such a set of standards by combining people in the construction industry, science and medicine. In the past years, when we talked about green buildings, we mainly considered from the perspective of architecture, but also considered air, water, and materials. WELL is considered from the perspective of human health. It also considers air and water. There are 7 items in total. Although both water and lighting are considered, the emphasis of the two standards is completely different. For example, for water standards, LEED may be based on whether the building is more water-efficient, while WELL will give more consideration to whether the people inside drink safe and clean water.
What was the original intention of WELL?
Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer of the Green Building Council (USGBC) and President of the Green Building Certification Institute, said in a media interview:
“We have been promoting green buildings, but why are green buildings more and more important? It is because green buildings have a positive impact on human health.
Architecture is becoming more and more important to us. Now we spend about 90% of our time indoors, whether it is working, sleeping, shopping, or watching movies. Humans are supposed to do more outdoor activities, and outdoor light and air are beneficial to the body. However, due to the development of modern life, we are increasingly living indoors.
The overall operating expenses of a building, such as energy and water operating expenses, account for only 5% of the entire expenses. But the highest cost in a building is actually spent on people, which accounts for 86%. In the past, our green buildings have always focused on 5%, the cost, but now we have to change, this change is to focus on the 86%.
It is for this reason that USGBC and IWBI jointly initiated the WELL building standard. ”
WELL focuses on PEOPLE, and PEOPLE’S experience in architecture.