A new year is often a time for us to take stock of our health and wellbeing and the way our cities, communities and buildings are designed can have big impact.

Our sustainability lead, Jessica Lisle, recently dived into the WELL standard, an international framework born out of the US, focusing on buildings, spaces and precincts that improve human health and wellbeing. Launched in 2014, the WELL standard is now being used across the world with the biggest markets China, UK, Australia, US, Canada and France.

We think the WELL standard offers a really compelling argument that helps reframe the sustainability agenda into how it benefits the people who live/work in these places, alongside the environmental or carbon benefit. In addition to the WELL Building standard, the Pilot Community tool offers precinct based projects some really interesting metrics like:

  • Designing for access to fruit and veg and food security to encourage good nutrition
  • Designing for good public transport, cycling and walking to encourage good levels of physical activity
  • Urban heat island mitigation through better design of roofs, footpaths, carparks and roads to help prevent heat related illness and death
  • Designing for equitable access to quality green spaces to help with mental wellbeing

While the standard focuses on health and wellbeing, it’s acknowledged that a heathy community has flow on benefits to the broader economy. So to find out more about the WELL standard and how the framework can benefit your project and its future community, get in touch with Jess for more information.