IWBI Launches Global Network of Concept Advisories

Jul 9, 2018 6:00 PM ET

NEW YORK, July 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced the formation of a network of global concept advisories to explore, better understand and, ultimately, more accurately quantify the impact of specific health intents captured in the 10 WELL concepts – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Materials, Sound, Mind and Community. 

“This is a giant step forward for IWBI, broadening and deepening our understanding of how our buildings affect people across these concepts, which the evidence tells us have significant impact on how we feel, how healthy we are and how we can thrive,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi.

“Our successful launch last month of WELL v2™, the next version of the WELL Building Standard™, was another step in the continuous evolution of WELL,” he said. “These concept advisories will propel the movement, advancing both the impact and importance of healthy building in the process.”

Each WELL concept advisory includes a collection of professionals, practitioners and experts, each serving a one-year term. WELL concept advisors will number more than 100 individuals, span 20 countries and represent WELL advocates not just from global market centers like New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Addis Ababa and Sydney, but a number of smaller municipalities in between. They cover a broad array of technical, scientific and medical fields.

“As an organization, IWBI continues to raise the bar for buildings designed with the health of people at the forefront,” Fedrizzi added. “The formation of these WELL concept advisories is a validation of how far we’ve traveled as an organization, but more importantly they represent an investment in the future of WELL and its ability to transform our buildings and communities to improve human health.”

About the International WELL Building Institute
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), which will continue to be offered to the market, along with the WELL Community Standard pilot, 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.


WELL Air & Thermal Comfort Concept Advisory
The Air & Thermal Comfort concepts in WELL aim to ensure high levels of indoor air quality across a building’s lifetime through strategies that include source elimination or reduction, active and passive building design and operation tactics and human behavior interventions, while at the same time promoting human productivity and ensuring a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control, while meeting individual thermal preferences. Concept advisory members include: 

Tim Beuker, WELL AP, Indoor Environmental Consultant, BBA Indoor Environmental Consultancy (Netherlands); Sandra Dedesko, Sustainability Consultant, RWDI (Canada); Ihab Elzeyadi, Professor, University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.); Anjanette Green, LEED AP, USGBC IAQ WG, LFA, LBC Auditor, LPC Assessor, Declare 3PV, RESET Air AP & Senior Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, Director, Standards Development, RESET, GIGA (U.S./China); Dusan Licina, Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland); Jiannan Luo, CEng MCIBSE, WELL AP, LEED AP (BD+C) and BREEAM International Assessor, Senior Environmental Design Analyst, Foster + Partners (United Kingdom); Jovan Pantelic, Assistant Professional Researcher, University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Badri Patel, EIT, BEAP, LEED AP (BD+C), WELL AP, VRF Product Specialist, Johnson Controls (Canada); Clare Parry, Director, Grun Consulting (Australia); Christopher Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, President, The Green Engineer, Inc. (Concord, Mass.); Stefano Schiavon, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Pawel Wargocki, PhD, Member ASHRAE, Member ISIAQ, Secretary Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark. Nathan Stodola is the IWBI Air & Thermal Comfort concept staff lead.

WELL Water Concept Advisory
The Water concept in WELL covers all aspects of the quality, distribution and control of water in a building. It includes features that address the availability and contaminant thresholds of drinking water, as well as features targeting the management of water to avoid damage to building materials and environmental conditions. Concept advisory members include:

Andy Dengel, Environment Director, BRE (United Kingdom); Yujiao Jiang, Indoor Environmental Consultant, PureLiving Indoor Environmental Solutions Co., Ltd. (China); Tanya Lubner, PhD, Director of Professional Certification & Training, Water Quality Association (Naperville, Ill.); Vivek Rao, Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.); Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, Director of Research & Innovation, Phigenics (Tucson, Ariz.); Neeta Sharma, Consultant (Former Managing Director, Plumbing Codes and Standards India Private Limited) (New Delhi, India); Ruchi Sneha, WELL AP, LEED GA, Technical Specialist, Green Business Certification Institute India (India); Joel Stout, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti (San Francisco, Calif.); Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles, Calif.); Simon Turner, CEO, Healthy Buildings International, Inc. (Lake Forest, Calif.); Carlos Vidal, Facility Manager, International Facility Management Association Research member [IFMA Spain chapter] (Barcelona, Spain). Nathan Stodola is the IWBI Water concept staff lead.

WELL Nourishment Concept Advisory
The Nourishment concept in WELL requires nutritional transparency, the availability of fruits and vegetables and encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice. Concept advisory members include:

Dr. Angeline Achariya, CEO, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University (Australia); Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, VP, Nutrition & Wellness, Compass Group (New York, N.Y.); Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab (Ithaca, N.Y.); Sara Roberts, CEO & Founder, Healthy Nibbles (United Kingdom); Gwen Schantz, Founding Partner, Brooklyn Grange (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Kate Spina, Consultant Chef & Nutritionist, Food Rascal (Australia); Laurie Whitsel, PhD, Vice President for Policy Research and Translation, American Heart Association (Washington, D.C.); Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP, Associate AIA, Senior Associate, Registered Interior Designer, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects (Little Rock, Ark.). Anja Mikic is the IWBI Nourishment concept staff lead.

WELL Light Concept Advisory
The Light concept in WELL aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health. Concept advisory members include:

Francesco Anselmo, Associate, IoT, Interaction and Lighting, Arup (United Kingdom); Stephen Cannon Brookes, Lighting Designer at Cannon-Brookes Lighting Design & Faculty at University College London (United Kingdom); Nancy Clanton, CEO, Clanton & Associates Lighting Design & Engineering (Boulder, Colo.); Kenneth Douglas, Principal, HLB Lighting  Design (New York, N.Y.); Gena Glickman, Faculty in the Center for Circadian Biology at University of California San Diego (San Diego, Calif.); Chad Groshart, Associate Director, Atelier Ten (New Haven, Conn.); Michael Herf, President, f.lux software LLC (Los Angeles, Calif.); Glenn Heinmiller, FIALD, LC, LEED AP, Principal, Lam Partners (Cambridge, Mass.); Yi Chun Huang, General Manager, Environmental Market Solutions Inc. (China); John Martin, Public Policy Consultant, International Association of Lighting Designers (Chicago, Ill.); Brent Protzman, Director of Building Science, Lutron (Easton, Penn.); Meg Smith, IES, LEED AP, WELL AP, IOT applications Signify Research (Cambridge, Mass.); Robert Soler, VP of Research and Technology, BIOS (Carlsbad, Calif.); Michael Royer, Senior Engineer, Advanced Lighting Team, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Portland, Ore.); Andy Taylor, Technical Manager, Light Culture (Australia); Paolo Di Trapani, CEO & Founder, CoeLux, and Professor, University of Insubria (Italy). Gayathri Unnikrishnan is the IWBI Light concept staff lead.

WELL Movement Concept Advisory
The Movement concept in WELL promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies. Concept advisory members include:

Tom Bosna, General Manager, Pinnacle Health Group (Melbourne, Australia); Jeri Brittin, Director of Research, HDR (Omaha, Neb.); Joe Celentano, Principal, Studio Leader (Athletics + Community), VMDO (Charlottesville, Va.); Susan Chung, Director of Research and Knowledge Management, ASID (Washington, D.C.); Kristen Day, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Administration, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University (New York, N.Y.); Lynn Herrmann, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University, Department of Public Health and Health Education (DeKalb, Ill.); Jeff Hochberg, MS, FAWHP, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, Manager, Wellness Analytics, Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness (Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.); Linda Miller, President, Certified Ergonomist and Occupational Therapist, EWI Works (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); James Nash, Director, Cycling Score (London, United Kingdom); Mindy Pierce, Director Benefits & Well-being/LifeWork Strategies, Adventist HealthCare (Gaithersburg, Md.); Peter Stair, Senior Sustainability Manager, KEO International (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Vienna McLeod is the IWBI Movement concept staff lead.

WELL Materials Concept Advisory
The Materials concept in WELL aims to reduce human exposure to hazardous building material ingredients through the restriction or elimination of compounds or products known to be toxic and the promotion of safer replacements. Compounds known to be hazardous to the health of occupational workers and/or known to bioaccumulate or aggregate in the environment are also restricted and, in some instances, not permitted. Concept advisory members include:

Michelle Amt, Director of Sustainability, VMDO (Charlottesville, Va.); Tracy Backus, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion (Washington, D.C.); Henning Bloech, Founder, Sustaineer Consulting (Germany); Eva-Lena Carlén-Johansson, Manager Sustainability Programs, Skanska AB (Sweden); David Green, Manager Applied Sustainability, BASF (Cleveland, Ohio); Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Perkins + Will (New York, N.Y.); Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, CID, EDAC, AAHID, Sustainable Principal, Senior Professional Associate, HDR (San Francisco, Calif.); John Mlade, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Company (Darien/Chicago, Ill.); Joel Ann Todd, Consultant (Cabin John, Md.); Troy Virgo, Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship, Shaw Industries, Inc. (Dalton, Ga.); Raefer Wallis, CEO and Founder, GIGA: RESET Standard / ORIGIN Hub (Canada/China). Oriah Abera, VP Standard Development, is the IWBI Materials concept staff lead.

WELL Sound Concept Advisory
The Sound concept in WELL aims to bolster health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape human experiences in the built environment. Concept advisory members include:

Sean Browne, Principal Scientist, Armstrong World Industries (Lancaster, Penn.); Ric Doedens, Director, Strategic Relations, K.R. Moeller Associate (Canada); Klas Hagberg, PhD and Senior Technical Director, WSP (Canada); Jack Harvie-Clark, Director, Apex Acoustics Ltd. (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK); Kimteri Kim, Principal Consultant, Intertek (New York, N.Y.); Dr. Eoin King, Associate Professor, University of Hartford (West Hartford, Conn.); Siu-Kit "Eddie" Lau, Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore (Singapore); John Longman, President, Longman Lindsay (New York, N.Y.); John LoVerde, FASA, Director of Architectural Acoustics, Veneklasen Associates, President, Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation (Santa Monica, Calif.); Erik Miller-Klein, Partner, A3 Acoustical Consultants (Seattle, Wash.); Andrew Parkin, Partner and Global Head of Acoustics, Cundall (Birmingham, UK); Chris Pollock, Associate Principal, Arup (New York, N.Y.); Amanda Robinson, Co-CEO, Marshall Day Acoustics (Melbourne, Australia); Andrew Schmidt, Senior Researcher, Acoustics, USG (Chicago, Ill.). Ethan Bourdeau is the IWBI Sound concept staff lead.

WELL Mind Concept Advisory
The Mind concept in WELL promotes mental health through policy, program and design strategies that seek to address the diverse factors that influence cognitive and emotional well-being. Concept advisory members include:

Heidi Dening, Founder and CEO, Workable Wellness (Australia); Nicola De Pisapia, Founder, Neocogita, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento (Italy); Randy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (Washington, D.C.); Tara Healey, Program Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Mind the Moment Mindfulness Program (Wellesley, Mass.); Oliver Heath, Architectural and Interior Designer specialising in Biophilic Design, Oliver Heath Design Ltd. (Brighton, United Kingdom); Judith Heerwagen, Affiliate Faculty Member in Architecture, University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.); Lida Lewis, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador (Washington, D.C.); María Isabel Martínez Castro, Well-Being Manager, IS-WELL Company (Madrid, Spain); Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, WELL AP (provisional), Corporate President, Little (Washington, D.C.); Hessam Sadatsafavi, Data Action Team Lead, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia Health System (Chancellorsville, Va.); Tyrone Yang, AIA, PhD, WELL AP, Architect/Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Yang Architects, LLC (Boston, Mass.). Emily Winer is the IWBI Mind concept staff lead.

WELL Community Concept Advisory
The Community concept in WELL aims to support access to essential healthcare, workplace health promotion and accommodations for new parents while establishing an inclusive, integrated community through social equity, civic engagement and accessible design. Concept advisory members include:

Jamie Anderson, Senior Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering (Manchester, UK); Christine Bruckner, PhD, FAIA, Director and WELL Global Lead, M Moser Associates (Hong Kong, China); Jeni Cross, Director of Research, Institute for the Built Environment, Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.); Evan Davidge, Founder, The Wellbeing Leader, Ltd. (Swansea, United Kingdom); Jay Dee Dearness, Senior Associate, Wellness and Sustainability, XBÜRO (Brisbane, Australia); Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH (Washington, D.C.); Susan Kaplan, President, BuildingWrx (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Marlene Kosinski, FNP, COHN-S, WELL AP, Associate Director, Health & Wellness and Ergonomics, Genentech (San Francisco, Calif.); Victoria Lanteigne, Director, Strategic Partnerships, FOX Architects (Washington, D.C.); Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Earth Institute (New York, N.Y.); James Stawniczy, Senior Consultant – Wellness, HOK (New York, N.Y.); Gerda Stelpstra, Senior Consultant Workplace Strategy, Cushman & Wakefield (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Zdravko Trivic, Assistant Professor, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability, Jonathan Rose Companies (New York, N.Y.). Rose Winer is the IWBI Community concept staff lead.

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