Submitted by International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBITM) and Hong Kong-based Steve Leung Designers Ltd. (SLD) has announced plans to jointly advance the uptake of building practice that places human health and wellness in the center of decision making in design and construction through SLD’s global network of architects and designers as well as its project portfolio. The collaboration underscores the important role of architects and designers as professional leaders whose design expertise can positively impact human health in the buildings and communities where we spend our time.
“The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) has generated global momentum across the real estate continuum because its scientific and technical research underpinnings help the AEDC community efficiently and seamlessly prioritize human health and wellness in the spaces where we work, live, learn and play,” said Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of IWBI. “The rapid adoption of WELL in more than 40 countries has occurred because of the expertise and resources of our professional communities, who are advocating – and delivering – places and spaces that can help people thrive.”
As part of this joint initiative, SLD restates its commitment to promote both WELL and WELL v2, the newest version of the global rating system, and to pursue WELL throughout its project portfolio. SLD has over 600 architects and designers with projects in more than 100 cities throughout the world, providing a significant platform for WELL’s global uptake, establishing SLD as a leader in wellness real estate.
IWBI will facilitate necessary training opportunities for members of the SLD team to become WELL Faculty™ to enhance the WELL-related capability and expertise of SLD’s officers and the design teams. In addition, IWBI and SLD will support SLD’s professionals in their pursuit of WELL AP credentials.
“A good design is not only about aesthetics, but also taking environmental protection, health and social issues into consideration, to create space that foster well-being for all” said Kenny Sui, CEO of SLD.
Launched in October 2014 after six years of research and development, the WELL Building Standard is the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. More than 260 million square feet are currently participating in WELL across virtually every building type in 43 countries around the world.
About Steve Leung Designers:
Founded in 1997 by Steve Leung, a renowned architect, interior and product designer, SLD is an internationally renowned and award-winning interior design services and interior decorating & furnishing services provider headquartered in Hong Kong, with four branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. With over 600 devoted designers and professionals, SLD provides multi-discipline services embracing architectural design, interior design, decorating & furnishing design, product design and other related consultancy services, working on a wide spectrum of design projects which have successfully penetrated into over 100 cities across the world.
About IWBI and WELL:
The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2™ Pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), and the WELL Community Standard™ pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP™ credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. For more information about IWBI and WELL, please visit us here.
The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) – a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in them. IWBI was established pursuant to a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing the WELL Building Standard globally. www.wellcertified.com
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