CANNES, France–Arup has signed a global alliance with Delos™ to accelerate the integration of health and wellness into the built environment. Under the partnership, Arup has pledged to take 100 Arup staff members through the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) program to help advance the WELL Building Standard™. WELL is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings.
The collaboration with the U.S.-based wellness real estate and technology firm was announced at MIPIM in Cannes, France, and underlines the long-term commitment of the firms to transform indoor environments into spaces that help nurture, sustain and promote human health and wellbeing.
Pioneered by Delos and administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), WELL is a performance-based system for measuring and certifying features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. To date, WELL has enrolled over 30 million square feet of building projects in 13 countries.
Arup’s accredited employees will provide consulting services to projects pursuing the standard, providing direction on specific implementation strategies or other design inputs to comply with technical requirements of WELL.
Jo Wright, Arup Associate’s Practice Leader and Architect, said: “Public health research, access to data and innovative technologies are transforming how we think about the design and performance of the buildings and the environments in which we live and work. This presents tremendous opportunities to enhance design and improve quality of life factors. Accrediting employees through the WELL AP program enhances our ability to deliver healthy buildings and reinforces our goal of putting building occupants at the heart of the design process.”
Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla, said: “Arup has an outstanding track record for driving innovative, forward-thinking design projects and our partnership will help to expand the healthy building movement in a large-scale, impactful way.”
WELL works alongside LEED and the Living Building Challenge and is expanding alignment with other international leading green building systems like Three Star, Green Star and BREEAM.
WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. IWBI was launched by Delos in 2013, following a Clinton Global Initiative commitment by Delos founder, Paul Scialla, to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing WELL globally.
Arup is uniquely placed to support certification in areas such as:
- Building Performance Analyses
- Occupational/Behavioural Psychology Strategies
- Ventilation and IAQ guidance
- Acoustic Performance
- Circadian Lighting solutions
- Landscaping and Biophilic Design
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From almost 100 offices around the globe, Arup’s 13,500 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects worldwide.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative products and technologies that research suggests may improve occupant well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.