New designation rewards building owners/operators for using validated metrics for air quality and other measures of indoor environment
NEWTON, Mass., USA – Aircuity, the leader in creating healthy and sustainable buildings, announced its support for the recently launched WELL Performance Rating, a new standard for healthy indoor environments developed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). IWBI designed the new rating as a new designation that “uses dynamic human and building performance metrics to enhance the experience of the people inside.”
This endorsement reflects Aircuity’s more than 20 years of experience working to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) through accurate IAQ measurement and control. Aircuity’s approach to improving IAQ centers on the company’s belief in the importance of independent industry metrics and validation for those environments that ‘step up’ to provide this continuously for building occupants.
The WELL Performance Rating consists of features drawn from the WELL Building Standard along with new pathways and beta features that will be informed by the IWBI Performance Advisory, WELL Performance Testing Organizations (PTOs) and a host of industry leaders in smart building technologies.
“Building owners and operators should seek and receive recognition for controlling and managing measurable and independently validated building metrics; this new IWBI rating provides that independent validation to those working and learning in these environments,” said Dan Diehl, CEO at Aircuity. “We are determined to proliferate healthy and sustainable buildings as a global reality, bringing down life cycle cost of ownership and delivering on the myriad of benefits that quality indoor spaces provide to occupants. This remains a huge opportunity for ubiquitous adoption, and the new WELL Performance Rating takes us one step closer.”
“The industry has done a great job of capturing environmental building performance metrics on site – energy and water use, for example – but we must marry these eco-friendly indicators with health performance metrics to enable balanced choices about the health of planet and the health of people,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO of IWBI. “With this incredible and diverse array of partners, advisors and other contributors, we are confident that the new rating will unlock and accelerate the use of smarter, more integrated approaches to improve and enhance well-being and performance.”
“Our work developing the WELL Performance Rating includes collaboration with IWBI contributing members such as: Carrier, CETEC, Cognian Technologies, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Kaiterra, Lennox International, Schneider Electric, SGS, Thornton Tomasetti and Trane Technologies,” said Dr. Luca Mazzei, Chief Growth Officer at Aircuity. “These standards will be science-based and apply across all building types and geographies, considering of course the uniqueness and complexities for some, while ensuring a pathway to success for all.”
The WELL Performance Rating will be comprised of WELL features and validated by a global network of 42 WELL Performance Testing Organizations, IWBI member organizations and its broader community of over 18,000 WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs). The new designation will add to a growing suite of WELL ratings that includes the WELL Health-Safety Rating and the forthcoming WELL Health Equity Rating.