Australia Leads Mass Adoption of WELL Certified ‘Healthy’ Buildings Across Asia Pacific
The number of WELL-certified buildings in the Asia-Pacific region doubled last year to nearly 80 million square meters, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced.
The WELL Performance Assessment is a global framework for monitoring the health and well-being of communities. It assesses the degree of “health” of a building in 10 categories: air, water, food, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, spirit and community.
The IWBI said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid adoption of health, safety and well-being considerations in buildings, communities and organizations, bringing WELL-approved healthy buildings to 300 million square meters in the world.
The IWBI revealed that Australia leads the market with around 25 percent of commercial office space now WELL registered, largely driven by workplaces keen to support a return to work.
China is currently ranked first in the world for the total number of WELL certifications with 22 million mÂ², while India, Thailand and Hong Kong are now among the 10 best performing markets in the world.
âPut simply, WELL has exploded across the region over the past two years,â said Jack Noonan, IWBI Australia and New Zealand Vice President.