Attending the annual GreenBuild conference in November is not only a great way to end the year but it’s also a great way to START a new year. By implementing the “lessons learned” from the GreenBuild Conference, our LEEDers find themselves that much ahead of the game when the next year falls upon them and 2016 is no different.
Attendees of the GreenBuild Conference have the opportunity to hear and learn from the industry’s best. All of the information given, while noteworthy, can be comprehensive and overwhelming, especially when it is absorbed within a matter of a few days. Like years past, The Spinnaker Group sent Project Managers and Energy Modelers to the conference, as staying in the know is what it takes to stay on top.
WELL. No, this is not a sigh or segway — no. We are talking about the WELL Building Standard. According to our LEEDers, the WELL BS was at the forefront of conversation this year. TSG’s Brittany Storm, who recently took the WELL exam, attended many of the WELL lectures, finding out that WELL is, well, here to stay! Some of what she learned was surprising. And please pardon our candor; these are notes take straight from Brittany’s notebook. But afterall, this is a blog, not a textbook.
- GRESB, SITES, and WELL synergies with LEED and LBC are going to hold project teams more accountable in design through post occupancy … and every 3 years thereafter if you pursue WELL certification.
- The Cost of WELL certification and re-certification every 3 years isn’t going to work with owners who are only into LEED as required by City / County … at least not in the beginning stages. It will be interesting to see the reaction to these fees and if they’re adjusted for the future.
- $1500 – $10,000 registration fees / $4,000 – $7500 to certify prices vary based on SF
- WELL performance checks that are required are more extensive than originally anticipated.
- Although the Standard encourages occupants to work shorter days more productively, the performance testing can take 12-14 hours / day.
- Initial performance checks are expensive at $9,000 and then $3,600 to recommission + $1,450 for re-certification every 3 years. This might be an issue with building owners.
Being that the WELL Building Standard is in its beginning stages, there are undoubtedly changes and tweaks the programs will make. Ultimately, the idea behind these building programs is for them to work and be successful. As the program becomes more and more commonplace, fees and registration costs will hopefully be made affordable so that all developers and building owners can keep Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind a priority for their building occupants.
If you would like more information on the WELL Building Standard, check out their website.