28 November 2016 | Martin Read
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have agreed to "pursue alignments" between BRE's BREAMM environmental assessment method and IWBI's Well Building standard.
Certification in both systems is achieved through the submission of project documentation and on-site post-occupancy performance testing. The arrangement between the organisations is aimed at ensuring that project teams looking to be accredited to both standards save the time and costs associated with submitting documentation twice.
Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO, IWBI, said: "We look forward to partnering with BRE to advance this important concept by helping project teams who are using both BREEAM and WELL deliver a more sustainable and healthier built environment as efficiently as possible."
Gavin Dunn, director of Building Performance Group at BRE, said the two organisations working together would "advance the inclusion of health and well-being considerations in Europe's built environment".
Work required to harmonise the standards is expected to be completed in January 2017.