The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation that is leading the movement to promote health and wellness in buildings and communities everywhere. IWBI was launched in 2013 following a Clinton Global Initiative commitment made by founder Paul Scialla.
IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building StandardTM, and a professional suite of tools to empower our global community of leaders to match their convictions with their careers.
WELL was developed by integrating scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioral factors, health outcomes and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design and management. WELL also references existing standards and best practice guidelines set by governmental and professional organizations.
WELL Certification and the WELL AP credentialing program are third-party administered through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which also administers LEED certification, the global green building program, and the LEED professional credentialing program. This relationship assures that WELL works seamlessly with LEED.
The WELL Building Standard underwent a comprehensive expert peer review process, which included three phases—a scientific, practitioner and medical review.