The WELL Building Standard™


Put simply, WELL Buildings are buildings which help people work, live, perform and feel their best, leading to improvements in employee productivity, engagement and retention.

WELL is composed of over 100 Features that are applied to each building project. Each WELL Feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants through design, operations and behaviour.

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring features of a building that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Physical workplace is one of the top three factors affecting performance and job satisfaction.

Some lighting designers believe that if Human Centric Lighting is an integral part of the lighting design process, then it is likely that WELL Building standards will be achieved.


 ‘And that is it. Tick every box here and you’ve met the lighting requirements of the WELL Building Standard – and you’ve probably done it better and gone much further. But the flipside is that, unless you’ve ticked every box, you don’t have something that we should call a Human-Centric Lighting design’.

-John Bullock – Lux Magazine-


The Seven Concepts of WELL


AIR – WELL promotes the reduction of indoor air pollution.

WATER – WELL promotes high quality water and improved accessibility.

NOURISHMENT – WELL aims to limit the presence of unhealthy foods and help to encourage better food culture.

 LIGHT – WELL promotes lighting systems designed to increase alertness, enhance experience and make people feel comfortable.

FITNESS – WELL encourages the practice of exercise and fitness in everyday life.

COMFORT – WELL creates productive and comfortable indoor environments.

MIND – WELL optimizes cognitive and emotional health through design, technology and treatment strategies.

INNOVATION – WELL encourages innovation by allowing projects to submit ideas for new features under WELL concepts.

View our WELL Buildings and Circadian Rhythms CPD course information.